Sunday 21 January 2018

McGinley takes up swimming in bid to make big splash on tour

Paul McGinley. Photo: Getty Images
Paul McGinley. Photo: Getty Images

Karl MacGinty

PAUL McGINLEY has taken up swimming in his bid to get back among the big fish on Tour.

The Dubliner has plunged headlong into a new fitness regime to combat chronic knee problems which have wrecked his last three seasons on Tour.

"I don't think I've ever been fitter," says the 45-year-old, who swims 40 lengths of the pool at Wentworth up to five times each week, with decent results.

McGinley earned €51,068 in seventh at the Ballantines, then lifted himself to 88th in the Race to Dubai with the €33,375 he won in a tie for 33rd at the BMW PGA.

So the three-time Ryder Cup winner is well on his way to regaining full Tour credentials after 18 months playing on a career-money exemption.

Having built up the ailing joint with a lengthy gym programme, McGinley knows that immersing himself in a fitness programme in the pool won't put his knee under undue stress.

Though inspirational in leading GB&I to victory twice at the Seve Trophy, he needs to make a big splash on Tour to boost his prospects of election next January as captain of the Ryder Cup team in 2014.

And where better to get back in the swim than at Celtic Manor, scene of his Welsh Open victory in 2001?

Irish Independent

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