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Paul McGinley to Be Strategic Adviser to the European Ryder Cup Team

Paul McGinley

Luke Donald has named Paul McGinley as Strategic Adviser to the 2025 European Ryder Cup Team, enhancing Europe’s arsenal with McGinley’s vast experience as they prepare to defend their title at Bethpage Black in New York next September.

Adding McGinley to the mix, along with Vice Captains Thomas Bjørn and Edoardo Molinari, both of whom were instrumental in the victory at Marco Simone last year, gives Captain Donald a robust team of seasoned experts.

McGinley’s inclusion brings a wealth of Ryder Cup knowledge and strategic insight to the European squad’s preparation.

The Irishman’s illustrious Ryder Cup resume includes leading Europe to victory in 2014 at Gleneagles, featuring on three winning teams as a player, and serving twice as a Vice Captain.

Since 2019, the 57-year-old Dubliner has also contributed to the Ryder Cup Advisory Committee, aiming to maximize the contest’s commercial impact.

He will continue this role alongside Chair Sir Damon Buffini, Ian Ritchie, and Richard Scudamore.

McGinley commented, “It is clear we have built a very strong template for winning at home in Ryder Cups but I see my job as helping Luke, his Vice Captains, and his backroom team to look at an away match differently to how we’ve looked at it before.

I would say that the first important step we made in that regard was to reappoint Luke as Captain.

He has the most recent experience of anyone in that role and we should look to utilise that experience and harness his knowledge.”

Reflecting on his new role, McGinley added, “In addition to advising strategically on an away match, I see this role as two-fold for me.”

“Firstly, I will be very much in the background as an independent sounding board for Luke and his Vice Captains, someone they can confide in, converse with and bounce ideas off.”

“Secondly, I will provide an important link between Luke and the Advisory Committee so that not only are they aware of team plans, but also to ensure we are all pulling in the same direction.”

McGinley is uniquely equipped to advise on the formidable challenge of winning a Ryder Cup on foreign soil, having accomplished this twice.

He played a pivotal role as a player in 2004 at Oakland Hills under Bernhard Langer and as a Vice Captain to José María Olazábal at Medinah in 2012.

In both instances, a connection to current Captain Donald was present; partnering with Donald in his debut Ryder Cup match in 2004 and mentoring him as Vice Captain in 2012, the year Donald led Europe’s Sunday singles lineup to the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history.

Donald expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “Paul is someone whose thoughts and opinions on golf I have always respected.”

“We have talked a lot over the past few years and those conversations are always stimulating and challenging.”

“He is someone that you have to listen to when talk turns to the Ryder Cup. Naturally, I am delighted to have him formally involved with the 2025 team.”

“I might not have been at Gleneagles in 2014 but I know what an amazing job Paul did.”

“He redefined a lot of the Ryder Cup Captain’s role with his meticulous approach to it, and I feel every Captain since 2014 has benefited in some way from what he achieved at Gleneagles.”

Donald, who led Europe to a 16½ – 11½ victory against the United States at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome last year, was reappointed in November, becoming Europe’s first repeat Captain since Bernard Gallacher in the early 1990s.

He now aims to join Tony Jacklin as the only Captains to lead Europe to victories both home and away.

Jacklin achieved this historic feat at Muirfield Village in Ohio in 1987, retaining the Ryder Cup following his team’s victory at The Belfry in England in 1985.

With McGinley’s strategic acumen and Donald’s leadership, the 2025 European Ryder Cup Team is poised to confront the challenges of an away match with a well-rounded and experienced squad, ready to defend their title and uphold the proud tradition of European golf.