Sheboygan, Wisconsin– Rory McIlroy He chuckled a little shyly, because some of his past words were played out in front of him. It is understandable to call him youthful innocence and his ignorance of subjects that he has not yet had the opportunity to fully experience.
When McIlroy referred to the Ryder Cup as an “exhibition,” he was less than 20 years old and explained that it was a “great spectacle”, but “in the final analysis, it should be enjoyed there. Things are in the big plan.” It’s not a big deal to me.”
McIlroy’s comments before his first Ryder Cup in 2010 were met with considerable counterattack. He just didn’t know what could be better.
Although what he said is ultimately true-the Ryder Cup is a grand event, it is just an exhibition-anyone who has participated knows that this event goes far beyond these descriptions.
In the Whistle Strait this week, McIlroy, 32, will participate in the Ryder Cup for the sixth consecutive time. He has never missed a game, in all 24 games in Europe (only 4 in 2010), and created a record of 11-9-4, and has played for four winning teams.
“Entering the Ryder Cup as a rookie, you don’t know what will happen,” he said. “You have been watching it on TV for many years, but once you get there, it will be a completely different experience.
“I was a good player at the time. I was not as mature as I am now, and I didn’t even have the Ryder Cup. The first Ryder Cup was really special. It was a unique experience. I think there is no return in golf. What can prepare you for.”
The rookies on both sides will inevitably have some similar feelings.
The United States has six entries for the first time: Colin Senchuan, Patrick Cantley, Sand Scheufele, Harris English, Daniel Berg with Scottie SchaefflerCantley and Cheofele have participated in at least the Presidents Cup.
Their views on the Ryder Cup may be different this weekend.
“It’s bigger than you think,” England’s Justin Rose, He was not selected for the team this year, but has participated in the Ryder Cup five times. “I experience victory for the first time  As a team, I really understood the meaning of the Ryder Cup.That victory [Europe came back from a 10-6 deficit on the final day at Medinah] It’s incredible. We were defeated there. In the 9th Ryder Cup Golf Tournament, I felt that I was being treated cruelly every time. It’s really not that fun. Then it happened in Medina on Sunday. On Sunday, everything changed in the Ryder Cup. You begin to understand the feeling and meaning of winning as a team. This has definitely changed for me. “
Paul Casey Seen more from the negative side. He participated in his first Ryder Cup in 2004. Newspaper reports quoted him as saying, “Oh, we hate them very much. We want to beat them as much as possible”, regarding the 18.5-9.5 European victory-this was the biggest win rate at the time, and was later chased by Europe in 2016. flat.
These comments were collected by other British media and made headlines. Casey found himself caught in a storm, and he was shocked to this day.
“This is the wrong term,” Casey said. “But I basically said you’hate’ your opponent. Then when it ended, you shook hands with him and went for a beer. Of course, they put Americans in the headlines with’hate’ and killed Me. It hurts a lot.
“I thought about giving up, how painful it is. I’m in a dark place. It’s really painful. I may be more difficult to accept than the sadness I was there. I’m very depressed. I spent almost my entire time living as an adult [the United States], So it is painful to be painted like that. “
Casey, 44, has participated in four Ryder Cups, went to Arizona State University, and still lives in the Phoenix area.
But growing up in England, he knows the Ryder Cup and its importance very well.
“I know what’s the big deal,” Casey said. “Unless you are fully immersed in it, you will never know it completely. But the Ryder Cup is so important, and it is still so important in Europe. What we did when we were young was to sit down and watch it. Three days of TV. It was wonderful. . Drama. Obviously, it is experiencing the rich curse of the Europeans. The victory of the clock tower. Sam Torrance [holed the winning putt in 1985], Christie O’Connor hits the water with his No. 2 iron [in 1989], Safe [Ballesteros] Drive on the green at 10 o’clock [in 1985]. That kind of thing. This is a bit like folklore. “
Kegan Bradley There is a different way to describe his views on the Ryder Cup and what he learned while participating in the competition.
Bradley was a rookie on the PGA Tour when he won the PGA Championship in 2011. He qualified for his first Ryder Cup team in 2012 and won 3-1 in Medina. Three team games. Phil MickelsonHe also participated in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Bradley said: “People’s perception and narrative is that Americans don’t care as much as Europeans. It’s far from the truth.” “In that locker room, it’s far from the truth. It’s for everyone. It’s important, and it’s been a few months ago. Guys were involved. This is what impressed me the most, how important it is to everyone on the team.”
And there is no simulated intensity.
“Nervousness is not the correct word; it is not nervousness of fear,” said Stewart SinkerFrom 2002 to 2010, he participated in the Ryder Cup five times for the United States. “So it brings a new focus. It’s really interesting. It’s what competitors dream of. That’s why I think you saw such amazing shots in the Ryder Cup. With such focus, such Intensity-this next level. I like that part of the Ryder Cup.”
McIlroy started to like it-and soon. He immediately saw the events of Celtic Manor, where his teammates wore big wigs to laugh at his hair. This is done in fun, McIlroy enjoys his ribs while feeling a sense of belonging.
Now he is considered one of the leaders of the team.
“Technically, it’s still an exhibition,” he said of a word he used that got him in trouble. “This is just a very serious problem. I think my business is that I play it down very much. Golf is a personal sport. I have always said that what I am most proud of is my personal achievement in the game.
“But the most interesting and enjoyable thing for me is easily the Ryder Cup. Being part of the team is something we don’t often experience.”