Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

We're here to beat America, not Tiger Woods, insists McIlroy

We're here to beat America, not Tiger Woods, insists McIlroy

McIlroy was in the final group with Woods on Sunday as the 14-time major victor won his first title since 2013 and 80th on the PGA Tour in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

"I think it's a combination of both, but I've got a lot of experience on my side with our vice captains". So we'll send Jon out tomorrow morning with the best player in the world, arguably, at the moment.

The American team at the Ryder Cup is one of the strongest ever.

Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, with 12 and 11 respectively from 19 matches apiece, are not far behind while Garcia, a veteran of eight previous Ryder Cups stretching back to 1999, is the leading scorer on either team with 22.5 points from a possible 37. "But we're looking to beat the United States of America team not Tiger Woods".

"To be honest, we're just trying to make fun of each other".

"It's great what he did on Sunday", McIlroy said. All of the guys are playing some great golf.

"I don't think you'll go anywhere else where you'll see as many fist-pump pars as you'll see this week", Spieth said.

Woods used to get defensive about his mark, pointing out that no one could recite the Ryder Cup record of Jack Nicklaus (17-8-3 during an era of USA dominance), but that everyone knew Nicklaus had won 18 majors.

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France-Tiger Woods paused on his walk toward the 18th green at Le Golf National and threw his head back in laughter.

Europe’s Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose have enjoyed Ryder Cup success together
Europe’s Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose have enjoyed Ryder Cup success together

McIlroy felt the full force of Woods's revival after being outplayed by him in the final group on Sunday at East Lake. That was the most intimidating part about it.

"I do have an idea of what Captain Furyk is thinking, yeah", Mickelson said with a grin, allowing for no other detail.

If you're wondering what the big deal is, it's that the fans are going to be loud and amped up for the first Ryder Cup to be played on European soil in four years.

That's the team that usually wins the Ryder Cup, especially at home.

Despite one surprise victory for Britain and Ireland in 1957 at the Lindrick Golf Club in northern England, and the infamous 1969 Ryder Cup when Jack Nicklaus conceded a putt to Tony Jacklin that meant the competition was halved, the event remained a procession for American golfers.

Watson was wearing a blue glove during his news conference, one of a number of pranks he says the team is playing during Ryder Cup week. He really gets under the skin on a lot of those youngsters and they take to him. Yesterday, for example, after the round, after Rory drove it past me 50 yards on pretty much every hole, I was on the physio table after the round with needles in me. I didn't want to, like I said, I didn't want to piss off anybody, and once I realised what the tone was going to be, within 30 seconds, here we go, somebody was getting it.

Though Finau and DeChambeau were given their first Ryder Cup call-ups as two of Jim Furyk's four additional selections, this year's wild cards otherwise have a hugely experienced look.

Fleetwood played a practice round Tuesday with Francesco Molinari, the easygoing British Open champion, but said he would feel just as comfortable paired with a more flamboyant and overtly passionate teammate like Poulter. "The level sort of declined after that and reached its crescendo on the eighth green, and the last 10 holes weren't quite as good". He failed to win a match in his most recent Ryder Cup, going 0-3-1 at Medinah when Europe rallied to win on the last day. It was Friday and Saturday. "I don't wish that it happened considering it was the end of season". It looked tiring to have to play golf like that for three days. "So to be able to put those to test, and if I can do so successfully, I'll feel like I gained a lot out of it". "He's probably ready to go this week and I think it would be a real good week for him".

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How awful is that? "But instead of having 10,000 people outside trying to get into this packed arena, we'd have about 200 people standing there".

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