McGinley among stars for SA Open

2013-11-02 00:00

DOWERGLEN — European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is already plotting how to keep the Samuel Ryder trophy in European hands when he leads Europe’s defence against the United States at Gleneagles next year.

But first, the Dubliner is coming to South Africa to compete in the 103rd South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club from November 21 to 24, hoping to find some of the same magic that sparked defending champion Henrik Stenson’s spectacular return to form.

South African golf fans will get the chance to see the popular Irishman in action when he lines up alongside the Swedish world number four in the first counting event on the 2014 European Tour International Schedule.

McGinley has enjoyed an illustrious career on the European Tour, including four European Tour victories and three victorious Ryder Cup performances. He will always be remembered for holing the winning putt at the Belfry in 2002, however, he is yet to add his name to the star-studded list of former champions of the world second oldest national Open, a championship co-sanctioned between the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour.

McGinley and Stenson will be joined by former SA Open champions James Kingston and Hennie Otto, Sunshine Tour winners Darren Fichardt, Jaco van Zyl and Dawie van der Walt, as well as world class players such as Ross Fisher, Edoardo Molinari and Scott Jamieson.

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