Rory McIlroy: "I want Rahm at the Ryder Cup"

“Jon Rahm is not only a great friend, but also a formidable Ryder Cup player and teammate"

by Andrea Gussoni
Rory McIlroy: "I want Rahm at the Ryder Cup"
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“Jon Rahm is not only a great friend, but also a formidable Ryder Cup player and teammate. There is no doubt that I want him to be part of Team Europe at the 2025 Ryder Cup in New York, even though his choice is a source of disappointment for me.

But I understand that you cannot judge someone for having made a decision that they believe is the best for them and their family." Thus Rory McIlroy, number two in world golf and one of the main opponents of the Arab Super League, commented on the move of the Spaniard Rahm, one of the best interpreters of the discipline, to LIV Golf.

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"My opinion now is that there is only one major team event in golf: the Ryder Cup. And nothing and no one can ever change that. If the public wants more team competitions, what we need to do is go to this direction.

I repeat, I want Rahm at the Ryder Cup", McIlroy's verdict sent a clear signal to Ryder Cup Europe. With the qualification and admission criteria which could therefore change soon. "My fear - concluded the Northern Irishman - is that by continuing on this path, world golf will continue to divide and argue".

Rory McIlroy (Holywood, Northern Ireland, May 4, 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer. He has been ranked No. 1 in the world for 95 weeks and has been in the top ten for over 300 weeks. This golfer has obtained many victories in major tournaments: the 2011 US Open, the 2014 British Open and the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship.

He also finished third in the 2010 and 2022 British Open and in the PGA Championship. the PGA of 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, McIlroy won the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the 2015 WGC Match Play, the 2015 Dubai World Championship, the 2016, 2019 and 2022 Tour Championship and the 2016, 2019 and 2022 Fed Ex Cup.

second in the 2012 WGC Match Play, third in the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship and fourth in the 2009 and 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions. The Northern Irishman has 20 victories on the PGA Tour and an additional 7 on the European Tour.

He has finished first on the European circuit in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and second in 2009 and 2011, as well as first on the American circuit in 2014 and 2016, and third in 2012. On the other hand, the player has been part of the European team in the Ryder Cup since 2010, achieving eight points in twelve matches.

McIlroy has been Ireland's UNICEF ambassador since June 2011. In December 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Likewise, he received the Raidió Teilifís Éireann broadcasting network's award for Sportsman of the Year 2011 and the Laureus Award for Newcomer of the Year 2012.

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