Rory McIlroy 'Excited To Get Back To Europe’ Ahead Of Ryder Cup

McIlroy is in form after ten consecutive top-10s on the PGA Tour and is relishing heading to Europe next

Rory McIlroy is heading back to Europe after the Tour Championship
Rory McIlroy is heading back to Europe after the Tour Championship
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Rory McIlroy is in fine form in America this year with ten consecutive top-10s since May on the PGA Tour, including fourth place in the season-ending Tour Championship.

But with the Ryder Cup looming at the end of September, the Northern Irishman insists he can't wait to cross back over the Atlantic to play in the Horizon Irish Open , the BMW PGA Championship and then the Ryder Cup. 

Europe got drubbed by USA two years ago at Whistling Straits by a record 19-9 but are unbeaten at home in the Ryder Cup since 1993 and McIlroy is relishing the countdown to the competition. 

McIlroy, 34, who has played in six Ryder Cups, insisted: "I think we're all excited. There's a lot of us that were in that team at Whistling Straights and that didn't feel very nice, didn't feel good. So, yeah, I'm excited to get back over to Europe. 

"We're all sort of making our way over to Europe a couple weeks early. So it will be nice to all get together, get some early team dinners before the week in Rome and sort of really feel like that team chemistry is starting already. 

"I think we're all excited. We're all, for the most part, playing really good. There's still a few weeks to go but it's the next big thing in all of our calendars."

Rory McIlory failed to stop Europe slumping at the last Ryder Cup

Rory McIlory failed to stop Europe slumping at the last Ryder Cup

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McIlroy was so dismayed by his performances and Europe's thrashing in America last time out he was close to tears in his post-round interview after belatedly winning his first point in the singles. 

But the four-time Major Champion heads to Marco Simone in Rome as one of Europe’s most experienced and accomplished Ryder Cup players.

He is in fine form along with FedExCup champion Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm, who won the Masters earlier this year. But none can rival McIlroy's experience after four Ryder Cup wins from six appearances.

Since his debut in 2010, McIlroy has been part of every European side and has evolved into one of the leaders. The former World No.1 has played in 28 matches, winning 12, halving four and losing 12, with a total points tally of 14.

He recently spoke of his relief at shaking off a niggling back injury at the Tour Championship at East Lake as he aims to be 100% fit for Rome. But first he wants to get his eye in playing at the K Club (September 7-10) and Wentworth (September 14- 17) before the Ryder Cup (September 29- October 01).

He added: "I know personally for me I'm glad that I'm playing a couple more times going in, just to feel like my game is as sharp as it possibly can be."

James Nursey

James Nursey is a freelance contributor to Golf Monthly after spending over 20 years as a sports reporter in newspapers. During a 17-year career with the Daily Mirror, he covered mainly football but reported from The Open annually and also covered a Ryder Cup and three US Opens. He counts a pre-tournament exclusive with Justin Rose at Merion in 2013 as one of his most memorable as the Englishman went on to win his first Major and later repeated much of the interview in his winner’s speech.  Now, after choosing to leave full-time work in newspapers, James, who is a keen single-figure player, is writing about golf more.  His favourite track is the Old Course after attending St Andrews University but has since played mainly at Edgbaston, where he is a member. James’ golfing highlights include a hole-in-one and previously winning the club championship and scratch knock-out at Edgbaston. He is also an active member of the Association of Golf Writers and Press Golfing Society, for whom he has represented in matches. But he is just as happy hitting balls or playing the odd hole with his young daughter at their local club Shrewsbury.

James is currently playing: 
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