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Paul McGinley

Professional Golfer, Businessman & Sky Sports Presenter

London, UK

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Paul McGinley’s Biography

Having spent 5 years at college and University in Dublin and San Diego, prior to his career in golf, Paul has a degree in International Business and a diploma in Marketing. He has been a European Tour player now for over 25 years. Despite winning several tournaments and being a former top 20 ranked player in the world he is best known for his performances in team competitions. As well as winning the World Cup for Ireland with Padraig Harrington in 1997, he has represented Europe on 14 occasions as a player, Vice-Captain & Captain winning an astonishing 13 times, most memorably in 2014 where he led Europe to a comprehensive Ryder Cup victory over America at Gleneagles in Scotland as Captain.

This led to many awards including being voted Coach of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2014 and being made an Executive Fellow at London Business School, the first sportsman ever awarded this honour. He currently plays a limited golfing schedule and spends much of his time broadcasting for Sky Sports, ambassadorial work representing his many business partners, golf course design as well as sitting on the Board of the European Tour and Ryder Cup Executive Committee.

Paul and his family set up The McGinley Foundation in 2013 when Paul was announced as 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain. The Foundation was his official Captain’s Charity and the chosen charities he supported during his Captaincy were Amber, Clic Sargent, Society of St Vincents de Paul and The Tour Players Charity. All charitable time and energy are driven through Paul's foundation only.

To enquire about purchasing a copy of Paul's book, 'Landscape of Success', please select the 'Contact Paul' button in the top banner.

Paul McGinley’s Newsfeed

Sky Sports
US Open: Paul McGinley on Jon Rahm's US Open victory and an encouraging week for Rory McIlroy

Paul McGinley reflects on a historic major victory for Jon Rahm at the US Open and discusses an encouraging display from Rory McIlroy at Torrey Pines.

The Irish Times
US Open: Paul McGinley likes Rory McIlroy’s chances ‘if he can get his driving right’

Which Rory McIlroy will turn up at the US Open, starting at Torrey Pines on Thursday?

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Paul McGinley’s Background

Professional Golfer, Businessman & Sky Sports Presenter logo Professional Golfer, Businessman & Sky Sports Presenter logo
Professional Golfer, Businessman & Sky Sports Presenter
Paul McGinley rose to prominence as a professional golfer. A former Ryder Cup player/ team captain, Paul was notably honoured by the London Business School as an Executive Fellow, the first sportsman to be granted such. Now playing a lighter golfing schedule, he has transitioned into a thriving businessman, representing a variety of prominent companies and, presenting on Sky Sports golf coverage.
PGA European Tour
Professional Golfer
1991 - Present
Virginia Water, UK
Its inaugural season occurring in 1972, the PGA European Tour operates the elite European Tour, European Senior Tour and the Developmental Challenge Tour. The three competitions serve as Europe's leading men's professional golf tours and the most lucrative are held in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Spain and France. The organisation's primary focus is maximising the income of tournament golfers.
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Paul McGinley’s Gallery

Other Business Interests

Paul McGinley Golf Course Design
Dublin, IE
McGinley Golf Course Design, founded in 2005, has completed over €45m of Projects, including Quinta Do Lago-North the European Resort Course of the year from 2016 to 2018. With a breadth and depth of projects in Ireland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Portugal and Ghana, we can provide all disciplines for golf course development or renovations covering design, construction and after-care maintenance.


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The McGinley Foundation
Sunningdale, UK
The McGinley Foundation aims to support charities and not-for-profit organisations that Paul and his family have a close association and are familiar with. Particular emphasis is put on those who assist/support children and young adults. Charities such as Women for Women, The Royal Ballet School Student Sponsorship Programme, Friends of the Coombe, AsIam and Lahinch National School are supported.


The Golfer's Journal Podcast
Episode 73 - Lessons in Leadership with Paul McGinley
Feb 2021
San Clemente, CA, USA
Ryder Cup hero Paul McGinley shares fascinating insights from a glittering career, including his passion for Gaelic football, attending high school with Padraig Harrington and why he favours watching Rory over Tiger.
No Laying Up Podcast
Episode 359: Paul McGinley
Sep 2020
Paul joins the show to discuss golf in England and Ireland, his first Ryder Cup and fascinating insight acquired from his fellow captains. In addition, he discusses how he mastered the role of captain, managing egos, expectations and relationships.
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Landscape of Success
Aug 2019
London, UK
Having represented teams in his professional career on 14 occasions, winning 13, and his career transcending a great period of European golf from Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros through to Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, Paul wrote Landscape of Success. Written alongside London Business School, it outlines successful leadership principles experienced. To order a copy email

Awards & Endorsements

Guinness World Records
Most golf putts holed in one minute
Jun 2020
Hemel Hempstead, UK
Paul set a new Guinness World Record for the most golf putts holed in one minute, making 19 shots. The record was achieved at The Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, and putts were made from a minimum distance of two metres.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Coach of the Year 2014
Dec 2014
London, UK
Paul was awarded the Coach of the Year award having served as Ryder Cup team captain, overseeing a win over the United States at Gleneagles in September 2014. Heralded for his management and organisation, McGinley was quoted as saying "I am very honoured and humbled that the players bought in to my idea collectively as well as individually".

Academic Appointments

London Business School
Executive Fellow
Feb 2016 - Present
London, UK
The distinguished London Business School appointed Paul as an Executive Fellow in February 2016, historically making him the first sportsman to receive such an honour. As part of the role, Paul partakes in tutorials with degree students, shares his wealth of leadership experience obtained throughout a decorated career and conducts talks at various events.

Business Partners

Munich, DE
Allianz is a European multinational financial services company. Founded in 1890, it is the world's largest insurance company, largest financial services group and its prime business focuses are asset management and insurance. The company can trace its beginnings back to marine and accident policies, its initial area of expertise prior to transforming into the conglomerate it is today.
Geneva, CH
Originally founded in London and named Wilsdorf and Davis after owners Hans Wildorf and Alfred Davis, Rolex is a luxury watch manufacturer, currently based in Geneva, Switzerland. Following the war, the company relocated to Switzerland in order to avoid significant taxation in a recovering Britain. Of the ten most expensive watches sold at auction, three were Rolex models.
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Speaking Engagements

Speaker - "Web Summit 2014 Day Three - Paul McGinley"
Nov 2014
Lisbon, PT
Paul has talked/presented keynote talks at various events for a variety of companies, including: WebSummit, SKY, Google, Facebook Ireland, EY, Pictet Bank, Rolex, Goldman Sachs, Investec, Heineken, AON, TaylorMade, Canon, ICON Ireland, SCSI (Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland), PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials), LMA (League Managers Association), SB Investment Advisers (UK) Limited

Paul McGinley’s Education

Alliant International University
Degree in International Business
Dublin Technological University
Diploma in Retail Marketing
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