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.