The 2014 Ryder Cup Captain takes on hosting duties when the Legends Tour travels to County Donegal for the second Legends Series event of the year, which will begin with the second Celebrity Series Pro-Am on Thursday August 19.
McGinley, who hosted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club with great success in 2019, is hoping for a great week in a stunning setting in Co. Donegal.
“When I hosted the Irish Open in 2019, we had an incredible week,” he said. ”My idea was to replicate that good old-fashioned Irish festival of fun and activities in the nearby town next week in Rosapenna. While Covid restrictions have affected those plans, I still feel we will have a great event and week in what I believe to be the prettiest part of Ireland.
“Rosapenna is a brilliant venue and I know the players will enjoy the golf course, which is a combination of nine holes from the original Old Tom Morris design, played along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and nine holes designed and constructed a number of years ago by one of Ireland’s leading architects, Pat Ruddy.
“It is your typical links golf courses where wind will obviously be a factor and course condition will be excellent.”
The Irishman’s fellow Ryder Cup winning captains Thomas Bjørn and Ian Woosnam will tee it up in Ireland, as will 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, who has two top five finishes in three starts in 2021.
Seven-time Ryder Cup player and 1999 Team Europe Captain Mark James, six-time European Tour winner Thomas Levet and 2021 Senior Open Presented by Rolex winner Stephen Dodd will also compete at Rosapenna, along with two-time Senior Major Champion Roger Chapman and reigning John Jacobs Trophy winner Phillip Price.
The Irish Legends presented by the McGinley Foundation will be played behind closed doors with no access to the public. To keep up to date with the action, follow the Legends Tour on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.