Wednesday 26 July 2017

McIlroy's Ryder shock

Rory McIlroy has revealed that he would prefer to win a World Golf Championship trophy than the Ryder Cup.

While nobody should question the young Ulsterman's commitment to Colin Montgomerie's European team, the position the match continues to command in his personal pecking order may raise more than the odd eyebrow.

A year ago, McIlroy caused an almighty fuss when calling the biennial dust-up "an exhibition". He has since updated those views, but still ranks his individual ambitions markedly higher.

Not only would he rather lift one of the four Majors, but also one of the four WGC crowns, the next of which -- the HSBC Champions -- takes place in Shanghai a month after next week's Celtic Manor showdown.

"If somebody asks me whether I'd rather sink the winning putt in the Ryder Cup or win a Major, it's the Major every day," said the 21-year-old, before pondering the next rung down. "World Championship or Ryder Cup? Win a World Championship.

"At the end of the day you're going to be remembered for what you achieve in an individual sport. When I was a kid growing up practising I never had a putt to win the Ryder Cup. I always had a putt to win the Masters or the Open; it's just the way I feel."

Irish Independent

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