Rory McIlroy: "Nothing beats this Ryder Cup"

"Have I changed my mind about the Ryder Cup over the years? Yes, in 2009 I was just focused on myself, I wanted to achieve individual goals"

by Andrea Gussoni
Rory McIlroy: "Nothing beats this Ryder Cup"
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"Have I changed my mind about the Ryder Cup over the years? Yes, in 2009 I was just focused on myself, I wanted to achieve individual goals. Now I love being part of Team Europe, obviously I still have a lot of fun playing individual tournaments but nothing beats this week".

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This was said by Rory McIlroy, number 2 in the world and living legend of golf with four Major tournaments under his belt, during the conference held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, home of the upcoming Ryder Cup.

"Everyone knows that it is a period of transition for Team Europe, with many young players joining it. Aberg and Hojgaard are the future of the Ryder Cup - continues the Northern Irishman - How is training going? We are getting familiar with the pitch, the surface is very good.

With the As a team, we're learning to know each other better and important bonds have been created between players, vice-captains and the captain. The hot climate? I live in Florida, so I'm used to it (laughs, ed.)". He was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland, where he attended Sullivan Upper School.

He belongs to the Holywood Golf Club, where he began his first training sessions followed by Michael Bannon, a coach he has maintained to this day. McIlroy was part of the winning Junior Ryder Cup team in 2004, while in 2005 he became the youngest winner of both Irish tournaments, the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship.

Also in 2005, at the North of Ireland Championship, played at The Royal Portrush, he broke the course record with a 61 at the age of 16, a record still unbeaten in 2019 at The Open Championship, played at The Royal Portrush .

In August 2006 he won the stage played at the Le Betulle Golf Club in Biella, Piedmont, of the European Amateur Championship with a score of 274 shots (65-69-72-68), 3 less than the Englishman Lewton Stephen. In October 2006 he represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and Amateur World Team Championship.

On February 6, 2007, he became the second man to lead the World Amateur Golf Rankings, although he lost the lead after just a week. McIlroy shot an opening round of 68 shots, 3-under par, at the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2007, which put him in provisional third place, three strokes behind the leader.

On the same opening round he was also the only player on the field to finish without even a bogey. In the second round he shot 5 over par to put him at +2 overall, still gaining entry to the third round by making the cut. In the third round he finished 2 strokes over par, and in the fourth he finished 1 stroke over par, finishing in 42nd place, the best among the amateurs.

McIlroy was part of the Great Britain & Ireland team at the 2007 Walker Cup. His first appearance on the European Tour was at the 2005 British Masters, just days after he turned sixteen. He first made the cut on a European Tour at the age of seventeen, at the 2007 Dubai Desert Classic, where he also had to forfeit the €7,600 prize due to his amateur status.

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