GOLF: Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley joins Sky Sports commentary team

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has entered a two-year partnership to become a Sky Sports ambassador and join the on-air commentary team.

The agreement is aligned to McGinley’s current role as the 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain and will see him join the Sky Sports golf team at selected events over the next two years, including the forthcoming BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The popular Irishman linked up with the Sky Sports commentary team for the first time at the recent Players Championship at the famous TPC Sawgrass course in Florida, sitting alongside Sky regulars such as David Livingstone, Ewen Murray and Butch Harmon in both the presentation studio and on commentary.

In his new role as a Sky Sports ambassador, he will also promote the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative which supports grassroots sport and encourages participation, joining other big name sporting figures such Jessica Ennis and David Beckham to support the scheme.

McGinley will also wear Sky Sports branding on his clothing at all Tour events and competitions as he prepares for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Having joined the European Tour in 1992, McGinley has since played more than 500 events across the globe.

He achieved his place in golfing folklore by holing the winning putt on his Ryder Cup debut in 2002 and also went on to represent Europe in 2004 and 2006, making him the first European golfer to win each of his first three appearances.

Having played an instrumental role as a vice-captain at the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup victories, Paul was confirmed earlier this year as captain of the European Team for the 2014 match at Gleneagles (see clip above), becoming the first Irishman to perform the role.

Commenting on his link-up with Sky, McGinley said: “It is great to partner with Sky Sports and presents the perfect opportunity for me to embrace this role in parallel with my Ryder Cup captaincy.

“They have been huge for golf and to have their support for the next two years is fantastic. I enjoy commentating and I look forward to sharing my views on the game.

“Crucially, the role also allows me to maintain close contact with all the players vying for places on the team, especially during the Major Championships and the World Golf Championships in the United States.”

Jason Wessely, Sky Sports’ Executive Producer of Golf, said: “It’s great to have Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain with us throughout the next two years as we build towards golf’s biggest event. 

“Sky Sports viewers will have the inside track not only on the Ryder Cup but also the European Tour.”

Subscribers can watch more live golf on Sky Sports than ever before in 2013 with more than 200 tournaments from five continents, including three Major Championships and exclusive live coverage of the European and PGA Tours.

This includes exclusive live coverage for the first time of the both the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour’s flagship event, and the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

Sky also offers unrivalled coverage of the ladies game, showing three of the five majors plus every day of the Solheim Cup exclusively live.

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