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Paul McGinley

Professional Golfer, Businessman & Sky Sports Presenter

London, UK

Paul McGinley
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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, 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

Irish Mirror
Paul McGinley on why Irish Open 'will always be fine' despite challenging times for golf

Paul McGinley believes the Irish Open 'will always be fine' as he looked back on a challenging year for golf.

Sky Sports
Paul McGinley: PGA Tour's alliance with European Tour is good for golf

Paul McGinley provides more details about the 'strategic alliance' between the European Tour and PGA Tour and explains why it can benefit golf globally...

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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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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 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 maintrance for Clients.


The McGinley Foundation logo The McGinley Foundation logo
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.


Sky Sports
Golf Columnist
London, UK
Sky plc is a Pan-European satellite broadcasting, on-demand internet streaming media, broadband and telephone services company with its headquarters in London. Formed in 1990, Sky is Europe's largest media company, boasting 23 million subscribers and more than 31,000 employees in 2019.
The Sunday Times
Golf Columnist
London, UK
Founded in 1821, The Sunday Times is the largest selling British "quality press" newspaper. Whilst several of its competitors have moved to tabloid formats, The Sunday Times has stuck with the largest broadsheet with the larger broadsheet. Its circulation in excess of 650,000 exceeds that of its rivals and the publication was Britain's first multi section newspaper.


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

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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