McGinley unsure of form

first_imgVictorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley admits he has no idea how he will perform when he returns to action in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week. McGinley’s golf game has been on the back burner since he was made captain in January 2013, the 47-year-old’s incredible attention to detail in the role meaning he even ensured the fish occupying the tank in the team room were in European colours. A shoulder injury has also contributed to the Dubliner playing just once on the European Tour since July, but he is set to compete in the pro-am event played over the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. ” I’m not tired and I don’t feel like I want to pull away,” McGinley said after Europe’s five-point win over the United States on Sunday. “I think it’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed the ride the last 18 months. It’s been an absolute thrill and privilege and an honour. “The Dunhill is a tournament I’ve always enjoyed playing, I love playing on those golf courses. God knows where my golf game is. I feel like there’s been no work gone into my golf game the last six months. “Everything the previous captains have told me about your golf game struggling has been proved correct. The first year was not so bad. I played quite well last year to be honest. This year it’s really tailed off. “When I’ve been on the golf course and on the practice ground, my mind has been drifting. It’s not been there and I’ve not had the intensity and concentration you need to practice and play.” Four of McGinley’s team are also in the field this week, world number one Rory McIlroy, US Open champion and 2010 winner Martin Kaymer, France’s Victor Dubuisson and 2004 winner Stephen Gallacher. Vice-captain Padraig Harrington, who won the event in 2002 is also competing, as is last year’s winner David Howell, who beat American Peter Uihlein on the second hole of a play-off. “It will be lovely to come back as defending champion. It’s a real privilege and I shall enjoy every moment of it,” Howell said. “The win last year was a long time coming, seven years after my previous win and I could not have wished for a better place to do it than St Andrews.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Who would you pick in your Black Stars XI?

first_imgOn Saturday evening the Ghana’s Black Stars take on Uganda in Kumasi in their opening African Cup of Nations qualifier.It will be a welcome distraction for Ghanaian football fans, who have had to endure a torrid time of late, with off-the-field antics hogging the headlines.For 90 minutes Ghanaians can’t forget about what happened in Brazil because it has left an indelible mark on the minds of the Football Fans and the happenings in Kumasi ahead the clash this Saturday to just focus on the beautiful game.The Black Stars are of course the pride of the Africa.So to prepare for the game, JOY Sports would like to ask readers who they would pick in their starting XI for the Black Stars if they had Kwesi Appiah’s role.Ghana squad: Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Chippa United, South Africa), Adams Stephen (Aduana Stars) and Razak Braimah (Mirandes FC, Spain)Defenders: Yaw Frimpong (T.P. Mazembe FC, Congo DR), Harrison Afful (Esperance FC, Tunisia), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Erciyesspor FC, Turkey) and Jonathan Mensah (Evian FC, France)Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyeman Badu (Udinese, Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Yusif Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Karzan, Russia), Atsu Christian (Everton, England), Asante Solomon (T.P. Mazembe FC, Congo DR.), Gyimah Edwin (Black Aces, South Africa), Afriyie Acquah (Parma FC, Italy) and Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), David Accam (Helsenborg, Sweden), Let us know your XI in the Comments Section below…last_img read more

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