Ryder captain Paul McGinley to tee it up in US PGA at Oak Hill
Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley will be reunited with his American counterpart Tom Watson at the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill next week. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images)
Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson will be re-united again next week when they tee it up in the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill in New York.
The respective European and United States skippers have been officially invited to take part by the PGA of America. It will be McGinley’s first appearance in a major since 2009, when he finished tied 43rd in the British Open at Turnberry.
The 46-year-old Dubliner’s last US PGA appearance came in 2007 when he tied for 60th at Southern Hills in Tulsa.
McGinley has had just two top-10 finishes in majors but both have come in the final major of the season.
In 2001 he shared 10th spot behind David Toms at Atlanta Athletic Club, while at Whistling Straits in 2004 he had his career best major finish of joint sixth, finishing two shots outside the play-off eventually won by Vijay Singh.
Ireland will have six golfers in the field in Rochester, with defending champion Rory McIlroy joined by 2008 winner Pádraig Harrington, world number eight Graeme McDowell, former British Open champion Darren Clarke and Shane Lowry, who is 82nd in the world.