Minor back surgery thwarts McGinley
Paul McGinley might be battling Darren Clarke for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy, but he faces a more immediate challenge after being forced to undergo minor back surgery.
The 45-year old Dubliner had "a small procedure" carried out on the base of his spine in a Birmingham hospital.
While he hopes to be back on the practice range within a few days, McGinley -- currently 81st in the Race to Dubai standings -- knows that his hopes of qualifying for next month's season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai are fading fast, with only the top 60 making it.
"My lower back was inflamed and in spasm due to wear and tear over the years," explained McGinley, who has played a reduced schedule this year after narrowly avoiding an eighth knee operation last year.