It wasn’t much consolation to the Dubliner that home favourite Martin Kaymer will also join him in having the weekend off — the first time in 28 events the German will not be involved in all four rounds.
Better news came in the shape of Irish golfers Michael Hoey (69) and Shane Lowry (68) who are three shots off the pace in 11th place at nine under par.
McGinley added a second round 71 to his opening 72 to fall short of playing all four rounds for a first time since sharing 15th place in last May’s Spanish Open. Since then he’s missed the cut in both the flagship BMW PGA Championship and last week’s Irish Open at Fota Island.
However, McGinley’s plight wasn’t helped in playing his fourth hole, or the 13th of the Gut Larcenhof course, when his tee shot hit the shoulder of a marshal and ricocheted into a bush from where he had to take a penalty and return to the tee en route to a bogey and a one-under-par tally, three shots shy of the cut line.
“There’s also an element that my golf is certainly suffering as we get nearer to the Ryder Cup, and it’s no coincidence that the captains all seem to struggle in becoming a Ryder Cup captain,” he said.
“But then I don’t want to use that as an excuse as I am still getting enough time to practice and prepare. I’m still competitive as I showed in coming back in four under par, but too many mistakes early on.”
McGinley was asked after his round to autograph a large Ryder Cup support panel in the exhibition area where he penned the comment: “Go Europe!! Lots of cheering and noise please!! Paul McGinley, Captain European Team 2014”.
And with Tiger Woods returning to competition this week on the PGA Tour McGinley was asked if he will be expecting more cheering and noise at the event should Woods travel with Tom Watson’s side to Gleneagles.
“Of course, it’s going to take a while for Tiger to get his game back and I’ve said before the Ryder Cup is one of the greatest sporting events in the world and if Tiger Woods is fit then you want to see him playing at Gleneagles,” said McGinley.
“The Ryder Cup will definitely benefit from his participation as he’s still the biggest draw card in the game.”
Four players — England’s Danny Willlett (68), Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (66) and the Spanish duo of Rafa Cabrera-Bello (68) and Pablo Larrazabal (63) — head the event by two shots at 12 under par.