Lady Luck is smiling on the McGinley golfing clan these days. No sooner had Paul McGinley handed the Ryder Cup baton to fellow Irishman Darren Clarke but his younger brother Michael completed the incredible feat of making three holes-in-one in the space of six days.
According to reports, the 1996 North of Ireland winner completed the hat-trick at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, where he has been a member since emigrating to the UAE, on February 17..
The first hole-in-one came on Thursday February 12, when the Grange Golf Club man holed a four-iron on the par-three fourth on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, which measured 224m off the back tees for the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
According to a report in The National:
This was followed up on Friday 13, obviously not unlucky for some, when he struck another beautiful shot with his 9 iron into the par 3, 5th hole at his home course, Dubai Creek, only to see the ball drop straight in for his second ace in as many days. The hat trick was completed on Tuesday 17th February, again at Dubai Creek when his magic 9 iron struck again to ace the 8th hole.
“It is an amazing feeling. I had a hole in one when I was 15 years old and haven’t had one since,” McGinley said. “To have three in six days is just incredible and something that I will definitely never forget. Achieving two holes in one in two days was something special, however the third really is unbelievable.”