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Rory McIlroy has featured in each Ryder Cup since making his debut for Workforce Europe in 2010; All 12 of Luke Donald’s facet attended a group journey to Marco Simone Golf Membership on Monday forward of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

By Ali Stafford at Wentworth

Final Up to date: 13/09/23 3:23pm

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Gareth Bale admitted to having a couple of nerves about taking part in with Rory McIlroy on the BMW PGA Championship Superstar Professional-Am!

Gareth Bale admitted to having a couple of nerves about taking part in with Rory McIlroy on the BMW PGA Championship Superstar Professional-Am!

Rory McIlroy is comfortable to tackle the “older brother” function for Workforce Europe this month and insists there might be no hierarchy inside the Ryder Cup facet in Rome.

McIlroy will make his seventh consecutive look within the biennial contest from September 29-October 1 at Marco Simone GC, stay on Sky Sports activities, the place Europe might be trying to avenge their record-breaking 19-9 loss to Workforce USA in 2021.

The previous world No 1 has performed in additional Ryder Cups than any participant concerned on this 12 months’s contest and is the third-oldest member of Luke Donald’s line-up, solely behind Shane Lowry and Justin Rose, making McIlroy one of many senior figures within the European group.

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Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald explains his Ryder Cup picks and the way he plans to win again the well-known trophy.

Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald explains his Ryder Cup picks and the way he plans to win again the well-known trophy.

The four-time main winner joined Donald, the remainder of the group and vice captains for a scouting mission to the Ryder Cup venue on Monday, with the journey solely getting McIlroy excited additional about representing Workforce Europe within the coming weeks.

“It was superb,” McIlroy mentioned in regards to the Rome journey in his pre-tournament press convention on the BMW PGA Championship. “I am type of shocked it is the primary time we would ever actually carried out it.

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Europe’s Ryder Cup stars are all in motion on the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship occasion of the DP World Tour calendar, with prolonged protection stay on Sky Sports activities Golf.

Europe’s Ryder Cup stars are all in motion on the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship occasion of the DP World Tour calendar, with prolonged protection stay on Sky Sports activities Golf.

“There’s a couple of new faces on the group and I believed it was a terrific train when it comes to attending to know each other a bit bit higher. I had a possibility to play with Ludvig [Åberg] for the primary time on Monday, which I used to be enthusiastic about.

“I advised him that I have been wanting ahead to this for some time. Not that I have to get any extra enthusiastic about an upcoming Ryder Cup, however that journey undoubtedly acquired the juices flowing.”

Europe’s group has undergone vital change since 2021, with 5 members of that facet becoming a member of the LIV Golf League, whereas McIlroy hopes the group journey will assist embed the extra inexperienced gamers into the Ryder Cup fold.

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Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald’s 12-man Ryder Cup group is full – meet the golfers trying to win again the trophy.

Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald’s 12-man Ryder Cup group is full – meet the golfers trying to win again the trophy.

“I felt just like the 12 of us are on the identical stage, there is not any sort of hierarchy on the group,” McIlroy added. “I keep in mind the 2012 Ryder Cup, I went in there, No 1 participant on the planet, I had received two majors within the final two years, and I nonetheless did not really feel like I may communicate up within the group room.

“It this does not really feel like that, which I feel is admittedly good. Simply making the brand new guys as snug as doable. To me, that is a very cool factor in regards to the final couple of days.

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“I do not suppose any of those guys want their hand-held in any means. I would relatively them look throughout to me than lookup at me. That is the best way I would hope they see me in that means. We’re all a part of a 12-man group and we’re all making an attempt to do our bit, and definitely nobody is extra necessary than anybody else.

“I feel simply making an attempt to make a very acutely aware effort amongst the vice captains, captains, the veteran guys on the group of being inclusive and actually simply ensuring that the youthful guys and the rookies are actually concerned in the whole lot that we do.”

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Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald reveals why Ludvig Åberg was chosen as one in all his six picks to finish his Ryder Cup line up.

Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald reveals why Ludvig Åberg was chosen as one in all his six picks to finish his Ryder Cup line up.

McIlroy and Jon Rahm are the two-highest ranked gamers within the European group, with the Spaniard additionally taking part in down and defining roles for the extra skilled gamers in Donald’s line-up.

“On that group, we’re all the identical,” Rahm mentioned. “It is all for one and one for all. That is type of how it’s. We’re all there to perform the identical aim. We’re all a part of the identical group, and yeah, there is not any – what you’ve got carried out earlier than and what you may do after that week, does not matter in any respect.

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“I can simply speak to the rookies in the event that they want any recommendation and inform them how I dealt with my first Ryder Cup and experiences. However when you might have a captain like Luke [Donald] who has been very profitable in Ryder Cups, vice captains who’ve extra experiences and tales than most of us mixed, I feel there’s little or no I can say to make a huge impact.”

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