McIlroy says Tiger Woods 1 of 12 Americans at Ryder Cup

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SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) – Rory McIlroy says the goal for Europe in the Ryder Cup is to beat the Americans, not just Tiger Woods.

McIlroy was paired in the final group with Woods at East Lake when the 14-time major champion won for the first time in more than five years. Woods has been the dominant figure in golf for the better part of two decades, and he created an enormous buzz with his 80th career victory.

This week, Woods is one of 12 players on a U.S. team that has not won the Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993, when Woods was still in high school.

McIlroy says it’s silly to focus on one player and that he might not even see Woods at Le Golf National if they are not in the same match.

Europe’s Rory McIlroy, left, and Europe team vice-captain Graeme McDowell chat as they stand on the 16th green during a practice round at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018 at Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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