Four time major winner Rory McIlroy started his 2018 season with a warning to the USA Ryder Cup team that winning this year will not be as easy as they might think.
The Americans won the last Ryder Cup meeting, played in Minnesota and will this year be looking for their first win on foreign soil since the 1993 when the teams meet at the ‘difficult’ Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris. It will be only second time in its history that the Ryder Cup will be played in continental of Europe.
McIlroy admits the Americans are in good shape.
“For the first time they have a real cohesion. All the younger guys get along great. Jordan, JT, Rickie, Brooks, Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, they all get on really, really well. There’s a real core group of players there, young players that will be around for a long time.
“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances and but it is never as easy as that, even when Europe was winning six of eight or five of seven, whatever it was,” he said. “Yes Europe won and it looked dominant for a while, but the matches were always closer than that.
“The Ryder Cup’s always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. We’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”
McIlroy was speaking before the start of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his first competitive outing for over three months.
Tickets for the 42nd Ryder Cup, to be held from 28 to 30 September 2018 are already on sale.