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Paul McGinley named Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for September

Paul McGinley is celebrating again, albeit this time in smaller fashion, after being named Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for September.

McGinley, who led Europe to victory over the US at Gleneagles, was chosen ahead of team member Jamie Donaldson, who holed the winning point for the team.

Paul Casey, David Lipsky and Joost Luiten – all claiming wins on the Tour – were also considered for the award, but McGinley earned strong support from the panel comprised of golf writers and broadcasters.

Derek Lawrenson, Chairman of the Association of Golf Writers, is quoted as saying: "How good to see Paul Casey and Joost Luiten return to the winners’ circle in September. Here are two men who will surely come in for serious consideration for Europe’s next Ryder Cup team, while congratulations to David Lipsky for his fairytale success.

"But this was a month dominated by the Ryder Cup and it is only right the award should go to captain Paul McGinley on behalf of the victorious European team, while also recognising the Irishman’s magnificent contribution to the 16½ - 11½ success.

"McGinley got his deserved reward for an 18-month stint where he performed the role with admirable diligence and immense patience and craft."

McGinley said: "I feel like there are 12 winners of the Golfer of the Month award rather than me, but I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of those 12 players who represented Europe so magnificently. I'm very honoured and humbled to have been their Ryder Cup captain."