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Wednesday 12th September 2018

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 12.9.18 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, Golf House, Buckley's Lane, Main Street Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily, Jack Martin, Liam Kelly Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2018. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team A fter another disappointing week with the flat stick, Rory McIlroy is starting to get into Ryder Cup mode. With only the Tour Championship at East Lake to play before his trip to Paris, McIlroy is very happy with the shape of team Europe heading into the bi-annual contest. McIlroy insists he is prepared to partner any of his 11 colleagues if it means returning the Ryder Cup to European hands. In the Hazeltine side, McIlroy went out on day one with rookie Andy Sullivan and despite losing, he teamed with Belgium Bomber, Thomas Pieters to win their three matches. "This is going to be a special Ryder Cup and I know in talking to Thomas how keen he is for us to all do well, so I'm sure whoever I am playing with the first few days we can hopefully add to Europe's success. Looking at the team, I am happy to play with anyone and help whoever Thomas (Bjorn) wants me to play alongside to settle in, it will be fine by me." Reflecting further on captain Bjorns picks McIlroy had some sympathy for Rafa Cabrera-Bello. "I feel with the five rookies we have, experience will be a big thing, especially at home and yeah, I mean I think the three, Paul (Casey), Ian (Poulter) and Hen- rik (Stenson), they were certain and then it was just between sort of I guess Sergio (Garcia), Rafa (Cabrera-Bello), maybe Matt Fitz- patrick, a couple of those guys," said McIlroy. "Sergio's record speaks for itself but it's stuff people don't see is basically what got him this wild card pick I think." "I do feel a bit sorry for Rafa but right now all we need to talk about is the 12 guys who made the team and getting that trophy back into European hands," he said. Rory McIlroy is ready to partner any of 11 his European team-mates MCILROY GETTING INTO RYDER CUP MODE

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