Rory McIlroy: "Each of us has been marked"

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Rory McIlroy: "Each of us has been marked"

Talent and dressing room divided against experience and compact group. This is how Team USA and Team Europe present themselves on the eve of the Ryder Cup 2021 at Whistling Straits. The hosts are favorites but Europe will certainly sell their lives dearly.

Today is the day of the golf show in Kohler, Wisconsin: the Celebrity Match is played with many famous people including Alessandro Del Piero. The opening ceremony will follow. And Friday afternoon (Italian time) away with the first points up for grabs.

There is no competition on paper. Team USA is stronger and fitter than our representatives today. However, it is not the first time that the prediction has been overturned and considered a series of factors. Starting with the fact that the Ryder Cup is a team competition in an individualistic sport by nature.

And there are some small cracks in Captain Steve Stricker's team. The condensed sympathy called Patrick Reed has not been summoned, the Americans do not go the same way in love and agreement (situation already emerged in Paris 2018).

Koepka and DeChambeau have not been able to stand each other for a long time and have been sent to tell them. Mr Fedex Patrick Cantlay does not tolerate DeChambeau himself and the sentiment seems to be reciprocated. Dustin Johnson and Koepka do not respect each other humanly and do nothing to hide it.

Empathy and team spirit could fail on the pitch but especially in the locker room (with obvious problems in terms of choice of pairings for foursomes and fourballs). And if the cheerful Yankee war machine doesn't start on Friday in the right gear ...

open up heaven. Given the conditions Harrington presses the accelerator on the concept of a group inside (and outside) the locker room. The Ryder Cup is the only competition where Europe - and not the European Union - takes the field under a single flag.

"There are far more chances of going into space or climbing Everest than playing a Ryder Cup." Word of the European captain who wanted to charge the players with him.

Rory McIlroy, statements

"Each of us has been marked with a number on the bag, I am the 144th golfer of the Old Continent to have played the Ryder Cup out of a total of 164.

All this makes us understand how important it is to play such an event" explained Rory McIlroy. The group is therefore important for Europe, whose strength has made a difference in the recent past. Even on the shoes of the continentals the European flag is depicted, for a message that goes beyond sport.

To be passed on, from father to son. Lee Westwood, among the veterans, will have his son Sam (usually has a wife) as his caddy. In a challenge under the banner of fair play, the agreement between the two captains could not be missing in the event of a possible coronavirus infection.

If the scenario were to occur during the match, the match in question would be immediately suspended and the player forced to leave the Ryder Cup immediately. The situation regarding the summoning of substitutes is different, a hypothesis that could occur no later than the opening ceremony.

This is the Ryder Cup at the time of Covid-19, with the 43rd edition postponed from 2020 to 2021 precisely because of the health emergency. Not just the biggest three day golf challenge. But a world show with a great economic impact.