McGinley's slump continues

"Now that he is over trying, he may stop over-trying," was Padraig Harrington's summing up of his compatriot here yesterday and if that, on first reading, makes little sense then very little does about Paul McGinley at the moment.

For starters, the Irishman should have had a smile the size of O'Connell Street on the second day of the BMW International Open when his Ryder Cup qualification was all but confirmed. As Harrington said to him when they stepped off the 18th green, "Paul, it's over - you're in." But if he expected his great friend to break into a jig and say "Yeah, you're right. Who cares if I missed the cut or not?", he was mistaken. These particular Irish eyes were scowling.

"He is taking it a bit too much to heart - he's over-trying," said his playing partner Harrington. "He's had nine months of a noose round his neck and I think Monday will be a massive difference when he's in. The game's definitely beating him up at the moment. Golf's winning."

Indeed, it looks like it is six-up with seven remaining. And yesterday saw another McGinley concession when he comfortably missed the cut to continue his woeful run. During a year in which he has just two top-10s, the stress of the qualifying race has seemingly ruined the mighty fine golfer of 2005. McGinley is refusing to put his slump down to that, though.

"What does Harrington know?" he asked, starting with a joke but then rapidly going downbeat. "I hope to God that's the case and it'll all be fixed on Monday. But while it may look like tension it honestly doesn't feel like it. I'm just not playing well, I've lost confidence and I've got to sort it out."

McGinley flew back to his Surrey home last night to start the rebuilding work immediately by having a session with his coach, Bob Torrance, today. Woosnam will say amen to that, just as he was to the threat of Jose Maria Olzabal being knocked out of the automatic standings.

With John Bickerton missing the cut and Paul Broadhurst at one-under, surely too far behind the nine-under pace of Sweden's Martin Erlandsson, only Thomas Bjorn and Johan Edfors can give Woosnam a wildcard headache by taking the last qualifying place off Olazabal but at six back and five back respectively they are faced with skyscraping orders.

Olazabal's agent, Sergio Gomez, yesterday claimed that the Spaniard is annoyed with Colin Montgomerie for querying why he was absent from the final qualifying event, although Woosnam will not be distracted by such a sideshow.

The Welshman will place far more emphasis on the form of David Howell on eight-under, Luke Donald and Paul Casey on seven-under, Montgomerie, himself, on six-under, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson on five-under and Harrington on four-under. His lads are starting to look likely again.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
film
Arts and Entertainment
Preening: Johnny Depp in 'Mortdecai'
filmMortdecai becomes actor's fifth consecutive box office bomb
News
peopleWarning - contains a lot of swearing
Travel
travel
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project