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Friday 25 April 2014

McGinley’s fact file

1966: Born December 16 in Dublin.

1986: Promising Gaelic football career is ended by a broken kneecap.

1987: Wins an Irish youth cap in golf.

1988: Becomes Irish youths champion.

1989: Crowned Irish amateur champion.

1991: Earns a Walker Cup cap and turns professional.

1993: Makes his Dunhill Cup and World Cup debuts.

1996: Claims first European Tour win, in Austria.

1997: Achieves his second European Tour victory, and wins World Cup with Padraig Harrington.

2001: Wins Wales Open.

2002: Finishes 18th in first Masters. Makes his Ryder Cup debut and holes the winning putt.

2004: Earns second Ryder Cup cap and finishes unbeaten in a record nine-point win for Europe.

2005: Wins Volvo Masters to finish third on European money list and reach a career-high 18th in world rankings.

2006: Third Ryder Cup cap, and again McGinley plays his part in a nine-point win.

2009: Captains Britain and Ireland to Seve Trophy win.

2010: Among Europe's vice-captains in Ryder Cup win at Celtic Manor.

2011: Makes his 500th European Tour start and captains Britain and Ireland to another Seve Trophy win.

2012: Among vice-captains in another Ryder Cup win for Europe, this time at Medinah.

2013: January 15 - Named Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup, to be staged at Gleneagles.

Ryder Cup record:

Caps: 3 (2002-04-06)

Matches played: 9 (4 foursomes, 2 fourballs, 3 singles)

Wins: 2 (1 foursomes, 1 singles)

Halved: 5 (2 fourballs, 1 foursomes, 2 singles)

Lost 2 (2 foursomes)

Points 4 1/2

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