Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley returns close to the scene of his greatest sporting moment this week

vowing to do for himself what he did for Europe last year.
Dubliner McGinley, whose last-green putt sealed a famous victory over America in the Ryder Cup, is looking for individual glory at the Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters.
“Obviously the memories of what happened up the road last September are still very vivid, but that was for the team and this week’s for me,” said McGinley. “Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to claim this prestigious title”.
It would also be very fitting because the Marriott Forest of Arden course plays host to the first European Tour event promoted by International Sports Management, who handle McGinley’s business affairs.
“It would be very rewarding to keep things in the family,” added McGinley. “I know how much hard work has gone into ensuring the long and distinguished history of the British Masters is extended”.
McGinley will face strong competition, not least from within the ISM stable. Darren Clarke is twice a winner over the Marriott Forest of Arden course and former European No.1 Lee Westwood has just returned from America after taking several long strides along his road to recovery.
Westwood’s brother-in-law Andrew Coltart is also running into form at exactly the right time and his fifth-place finish in Wales last week has him believing bigger and better may not be far away. “I’m getting very close,” he said.
Just as interesting as how the big names perform is just what England international Justin Walters achieves on his professional debut.
The 22-year-old broke scoring records at North Carolina State University where he achieved all-American status and is considered such a huge prospect that Collingtree Park signed him as their touring professional just as soon as he left the amateur ranks.
With seven-time European No.1 Colin Montgomerie in the field and the biggest golf exhibition in Tour history on site, the Midlands looks set for a fantastic week.

by Martin Hardy on behalf of ISM

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