McIlroy targets Tiger clash
RORY McILROY is praying for a Ryder Cup showdown with out-of-sorts Tiger Woods at Celtic Manor, writes Karl MacGinty.
Though Woods finished outside the top eight who automatically qualified last Sunday for the US team to face Europe in October, McIlroy believes he will play. "I'm sure we'll probably see him in Wales," he said.
"I'd love to face Tiger, unless his game rapidly improves. I think anyone in the European team would fancy their chances against him," added McIlroy, back up to No 7 in the world rankings after his tie for third at the US PGA.
Whistling Straits fall guy Dustin Johnson and fellow American Bubba Watson, beaten by Martin Kaymer in a play-off on Sunday, both clinched their places in the top eight, bringing the number of Ryder Cup debutants in Corey Pavin's US side to four. Pavin will name his four captain's picks on Monday, September 7.