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Rory McIlroy is a dominant and popular name on the men’s golf circuit, especially the PGA Tour. The credit for that goes to his exceptional performance since he turned professional in 2007. He has four major wins in his bag, starting from the 2011 US Open. And the list also includes the 2012 and 2014 PGA championship. Furthermore, he also showed excellent putting in other PGA Tour events and garnered 24 PGA Tour wins in total. The list of his praises doesn’t just end here. Other than Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, he is the only golfer to have had four major victories within the age of 25. Besides, he also has recognition as one of the total six player directors in the PGA Tour policy board along with Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, and others. 

By taking a look at his achievements so far, it is safe to assert that he has a well-ornamented successful career. However, in the golf world, every good golfer cultivates a dream to showcase their gameplay on International grounds as well. Thus, as a chance to exhibit so, patriotic face-offs take place in coveted events like the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup. Albeit, as Europe cannot participate in the Presidents Cup, the battle between the USA and Europe takes place in an old tournament called the Ryder Cup. Now, as part of the European team in the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy made appearances in several editions. Let’s take a look at his journey so far!

From being a novice and unheeding to acquiring leadership: Rory McIlroy had a Ryder Cup rollercoaster ride

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Rory McIlroy buckles up with his European squad to make his Ryder Cup appearance at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, in Rome. Added to that, this final patriotic showdown begins on September 29 and will continue till the 1st of October as a three-day strong match. This season the 34-year-old is making his seventh appearance in the biennial tournament. Although, it seems like just yesterday he made his debut in the prestigious event for the first time as a rookie. 

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He made his debut first in 2010. And since then, the Northern Irishman has been a part of the tournament in all its installments. Having seen all the highs and lows of the team for thirteen years, Rory has evolved as a leader on the course to guide his team accordingly. He even hopes that Europe will surely win back the trophy after it was won by the USA at the Whistling Straits Golf Course in 2021. Alongside these, the former World No. 1, has contested in 24 Ryder Cup matches, with 12 victories, 12 defeats, and halving four. Together, a total points tally of 14. 

Recently in an interview, the Irish golf professional was inquired about his 2023 Ryder Cup nervousness as compared to his rookie year. To which Rory McIlroy answered, “Still the same probably more because I actually know how much I know how much it means not you know, as a rookie, you’re going in there. And for me anyway, I was probably a little naive to the whole thing. A little bit oblivious to how much it meant to everyone else. So as the years have went on, I probably gotten more nervous and more, as I’ve taken on a little bit more of a leadership role within the team.”

Thus, he reflected on the fact that as a rookie he was sort of heedless to the importance of the game, but now he understands its priority more. 

In addition to that, he also said, “You know, I feel a responsibility that week to step up and, and, and do my thing and win points for the team. And you know, I know that I’m someone that you know, the rest of the team look to and you know, I take that very seriously.”

Rory McIlroy unhesitantly takes a smart jab at Team USA

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As far as Ryder Cup records are concerned, Team USA came out victorious in 2021 at Whistling Straits, securing 19-9 at the end of the match. But, as far as their success on European soil is concerned, the team last came triumphant thirty years ago, in 1993.

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Speaking on a podcast show, Rory McIlroy made a cutthroat comment on Team USA saying, “They haven’t won in Europe in 30 years. So you know, the odds are.” Thus, he iterated on the poor luck Team USA carries on McIlroy’s home soil and subtly hinted at Europe’s advantage on victory this Ryder Cup season. 

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What do you think of Rory McIlroy’s Ryder Cup journey? Let us know in the comments below. 

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