Rory McIlroy will play a major role in this year's Ryder Cup. Ideally, the Northern Irishman would like for his team to show what they are capable of and to win. During an interview with the media, Rory spoke about the advantages of playing on home soil in terms of his game.
As a member of the European team, he understands the importance of playing in Rome. McIlroy also mentioned the course's importance. “The way the golf is going, the majority of the Europeans, we are playing the majority of our golf in the United States and we are playing all the same tournaments and the same course setups,” said McIlroy, as quoted by golfmonthly.com!
“We maybe grew up a little differently, and I think with some of the things that maybe the Europeans tried to do when we do have that home course, I'm not going to call it home-course advantage, but you can maybe tap into a little more of like how we grew up playing the game rather than how we play the game right now.
Whistling Straits, you can't really set Whistling Straits up a certain way. It just is what it is. Yes, you can do stuff here and grow the rough up and try to pinch the fairways in at 320 so you're hitting more mid and long irons into greens and stuff like that.
And that's all just looking at statistics and sort of seeing as a whole what the team does better than the other team."
Victory on away soil
Although his goal is for the European team to win, Rory McIlroy believes that winning on away soil is a feat that surpasses all!
“I think there's a reason playing, whether it be in Europe for us or in the US for the American Team, there has to be an advantage to that. That's why I've said this in the last number of years: Winning an away Ryder Cup is probably one of the biggest achievements in golf right now”.