‘We Play for Each Other’ – Rory McIlroy Gets Passionate About European Team Bonding at Ryder Cup

Published 09/23/2021, 10:34 AM EDT
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 22, 2021 Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy and Team Europe’s Ian Poulter stand on the 1st tee during a practice round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


Team USA is all set to compete against Europe in the upcoming Ryder Cup. Meanwhile, Team Europe’s ace golfer Rory McIlroy will be playing his sixth consecutive Ryder Cup – a streak that began in 2010. Furthermore, Team Europe has had an excellent record in the last few years and will be hopeful of something similar. 

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Meanwhile, the 43rd Ryder Cup is all set to begin on September 24 at Whistling Straits and both teams have started their practice sessions. Furthermore, players from both sides have been addressing the media, and recently, Team Europe’s top golfer Rory McIlroy did the same. 

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 22, 2021 Team Europe’s Lee Westwood wearing a cheese hat as he walks to the 1st tee during a practice round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“We play for each other,” says Rory McIlroy ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup

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Rory McIlroy addressed the media ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup and when a journalist asked him how does the European team dynamics work, here’s what he said: “The Americans obviously are playing for the country. You know, but what, what do we play for? And I said, well, we play for each other.”

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“You know, I think we play for each other. We obviously play for our countries and our continent and our tour and everything else. But, you know, I think, that overwriting feeling every year that we come to Ryder Cup is we play for the guy that stands next to us. And you know, we don’t want to let them down. And so that’s the thing. That’s why our team dynamic works so well,” he added. 

Furthermore, when asked about how are they going to win it, Rory McIlroy humorously answered that by scoring “14 and a half points.” But then he elucidated it further and said, “We play our games; we be ourselves. We play for each other. And we focus on our little European cocoon. Don’t let anything else get to us or get in our way, and if we do that, we’ll have a good chance.”   

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Meanwhile, even though Europe’s overall record over the last few years has been impressive, their record while playing in the United States isn’t satisfying. However, this time, with Whistling Straits being chosen as the venue, it could be a blessing in disguise for Europeans, as the conditions are somewhat similar to those in Ireland and Scotland. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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