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Saturday 19 January 2019

A colossal performance for Dublin hero McGinley

FANTASTIC: Dublin hero McGinley guides Europe to epic Ryder Cup win

Europe captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup after his team secured victory over the United States at Gleneagles. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Europe captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup after his team secured victory over the United States at Gleneagles. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

TRIUMPHANT Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley paid tribute to his "colossus" players after their epic victory.

Europe maintained their Ryder Cup stranglehold over the United States with a crushing five-point victory as rookie Jamie Donaldson had the honour of securing the decisive point to make it eight wins in the last 10 matches.

Paul said that he was so "proud" at the steely cool performances - as well as the effort from all those behind the scenes.

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"It's been a real honour to get these 12 players, they have all been colossus, and all of them - the caddies, the backroom team, five vice-captains - it's been a huge team effort.

"This sense of pride for the players and the happiness of the people in the stands, that is what you do it for.

"It is not the same as playing and I told the players to enjoy it because these days go quick."

Victorious Paul McGinley, who sunk the putt that won the cup for Europe in 2002, humbly said that the win was for the fans.

"I'm giving it for everybody else, it's not for me," he added.

In Paul's Rathfarnham Grange Golf Club, entertainment officer John Taylor told the Herald that it was a "big day" for the club.

"Obviously it is a huge achievement for Paul and for the club. He has a huge family involvement here - his father, mother, brother and nephews all play here," he said.

"He has been a member since he was eight years old so that's almost 40 years.

"We had a big weekend. We had a shotgun start at 8.30am to get everyone in early and we were watching the golf from 11.30am until 6pm," he said. "There was a jazz band and we were dancing to celebrate the win.

"Paul came in on September 8 when we had a club day. He said that if Europe won, he would come back with the trophy."

Europe had a head start by the beginning of the day on 10-6 up, and needed only four points to retain the trophy.

The side - which included Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy - won the singles battle for an overall 16-1/2 - 11-1/2 victory.

McIlroy added: "Paul McGinley has been absolutely immense this week."

The World Numb er One set the tone with a 5&4 demolition of Rickie Fowler and Graeme McDowell soon added a second point.

Welsh rookie Jamie Donaldson secured the trophy by beating former US PGA champion Keegan Bradley.

"He's been sensational, incredible. It's been a hell of a week," Donaldson said.

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