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RYDER CUP HERO MCGINLEY TO STAR IN HERO HONDA INDIAN OPEN
New Delhi, November 23: Paul McGinley, the golfer whose name is synonymous with Ryder Cup glory, will compete in next week’s Hero Honda Indian Open.
The Irishman will be making his debut in India’s flagship tournament, which is being played at Delhi Golf Club from December 2 to 5.
He will be a popular addition to the tournament and joins an impressive line-up of star players that includes all of the country’s top players such as Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, Daniel Chopra, Jyoti Randhawa, and Shiv Kapur.
The Hero Honda Indian Open boasts prize money of US$1.25 million and is the joint richest full field event on the Asian Tour.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to experience playing in one of Asia’s most special and popular national Opens. The Hero Honda Indian Open is a premier tournament on the Asian Tour with a long and fascinating history. I am really looking forward to the trip and I hope to put in a strong performance that will help draw my season to a successful conclusion,” said 43-year-old McGinley.
McGinley is most famous for holing the winning putt for the European team in the 2002 Ryder Cup. It was the start of a remarkable stretch for the Dubliner as he was part of the winning team in 2004 and 2006.
This season he was one of the non-playing vice captains and played an important role in marshalling Europe to another victory.
McGinley turned professional in 1991 and has triumphed four times on The European Tour. His best season came in 2005 when he claimed the Volvo Masters and finished third on the Order of Merit.
His love for team golf also came to the fore when he partnered Padraig Harrington to victory in the 1997 World Cup of Golf. He also has a brilliant record in the Seve Trophy - which sees Great Britain and Ireland compete against Europe. He played for the winning team in 2002 and 2005 while last year he was the non playing captain and led his team to victory.
“Paul McGinley is one of the most popular and recognizable players in the game of golf and he will be a wonderful addition to this year’s Hero Honda Indian Open. It is important that we are able to welcome players of his calibre to our national Open so that we can show what huge progress professional golf is making in our country,” said Mr. Pawan Munjal, Managing Director & CEO, Hero Honda Motors Ltd.
Defending champion C. Muniyappa from India will also bid for honours next week. He triumphed last year after beating Lee Sung from Korea on the first extra hole. The former caddie from Bangalore drained a 10 foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th to win at DLF Golf and Country Club.
This year will mark the 47th staging of the event and the 23rd occasion it has been held at Delhi Golf Club. The inaugural Indian Open was staged at Delhi Golf Club in 1964 when Australian Peter Thomson took the title.
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