McIlroy: 'Silly' to focus on Tiger at Ryder Cup

McIlroy: 'Silly' to focus on Tiger at Ryder Cup

McIlroy: 'Silly' to focus on Tiger at Ryder Cup

"The British love affair of Team Europe is unique", said Mark Thompson, managing director of global sponsorship management firm SponServe.

Phil Mickelson missed his first opening session since his rookie year in the Ryder Cup, and he was missing while in action during the afternoon.

Taking place every two years, the Ryder Cup sees teams from Europe and the USA battle it out for a trophy named after English seed merchant Samuel Ryder, who donated it. Every player - barring injury - plays on the final day. But we really need to understand the personality side and how guys mesh together and why that happens. "There's a lot of feel that goes into it as well and I really trust and believe in their opinions".

Sunday's win proved it beyond doubt, but Woods had a poor Ryder Cup record even at the peak of his powers and won just half a point from four matches in his last appearance at Medinah in 2012.

The Ryder Cup could be exactly what McIlroy requires.

McIlroy was paired in the final group with Woods at East Lake when the 14-time major champion won for the first time in more than five years. The American team have a combined 31 majors between them - Tiger Woods has 14 to himself - with their European counterparts having won just eight, and Rory McIlroy has half of those as the only multiple victor. He was 21 when he played his first Ryder Cup in 1997 and already was the sport's biggest star.

"The only thing I can do out there is when I get called upon playing, just do my best, do what I do, do what I've always done here at Ryder Cups, and that's everything".

The 2017 US PGA Championship victor revealed he had tapped into Woods' expertise to help him out ahead of his Masters bow two years ago. In so many of his 80 PGA Tour victories, Woods has made that walk up 18 all by himself. He didn't know the TV ratings because he headed straight to France on the charter flight, had a team dinner and then was out in the chill of Tuesday morning for his first look at Le Golf National. They combined for five birdies over their last seven holes to polish off Woods and Patrick Reed and salvage something from a morning that belonged to the Americans. "We go home happy tonight, but we refocus and look forward to tomorrow".

"I wouldn't expect anything less, and I think they are going to fight hard just like we are".

"You see a change in body language", USA captain Jim Furyk said. "You could tell it was significant for him". "I'll have that again here, but in Europe I'll also have the support of the crowd". Being a guy with his status and that number of wins, he can flip the page and turn his attention to this week.

One of the year's biggest sporting events starts on Friday when Europe take on the United States to try to reclaim the Ryder Cup.

"I was happy for Tiger last week", Rose said. None of them come in playing their best golf of the year, but they won't be bug-eyed all week like Olesen, Noren and the rooks will. What can the Americans learn about the course before play tees off on Friday compared to what the European players have absorbed over year after year of tackling it in tournament conditions? So what is fourball some may ask, well it's two golfer teams representing each country go into battle against each other, each of the four golfers play their own ball and the best score from a single player counts for the team for that hole.

During the 1977 Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, another one-sided affair, Nicklaus argued that radical change was required if the competition was to have a future.

"It's been really cool to see how much he wants this and how he cares about the Ryder Cup and how proud he is to be European and to be Spanish and to really be a part of this".

The next generation of Americans looked up to him as the legendary figure who inspired them when they were kids.

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