Thursday 22 February 2018

Thieves steal McGinley's Ryder Cup mementos

Thieves stole some of Paul McGinley's mementos from the Ryder Cup victory last year.
Thieves stole some of Paul McGinley's mementos from the Ryder Cup victory last year.

Karl MacGinty and Sam Griffin

OPPORTUNISTIC thieves stole Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley's golf clubs and mementos, which were due to be donated to charities.

The pro golfer is in San Francisco and had met up with his Catholic priest friend Fr Brendan McBride for some lunch when the thieves struck.

McGinley (48) revealed that he had just flown into the city with the items, which were due to be auctioned off at the Irish Pastoral centre where Fr McBride works.

McGinley explained he had left his car to stretch his legs and returned to find his SUV had been broken into.

"So we walked the beach, and came back and the back window was smashed in and most of my stuff taken.

"Now the problem was I had a SUV and my clubs wouldn't fit in the trunk, so they were sitting in the back seat.

"The rest of the stuff was all hidden but once they saw the golf clubs..."

Also stolen from McGinley's vehicle were Gleneagles gala dinner menus signed by both Ryder Cup teams along with his passport, an iPad and various other items.

He said the fundraiser went ahead and was "a good night" but added his preparation for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am had been affected.

"I've been with the same brand of TaylorMade (golf clubs) for a long time, so it's still a challenge for me getting used to new clubs they've given me.

"I was only an hour-and-a-half in the country but look, as I say, it can happen anywhere in the world. It's one of those things," he said.

Irish Independent

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