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.
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