Rory McIlroy regrets the statement he made about the Ryder Cup 14 years ago

"It’s not that important an event for me. It’s an exhibition at the end of the day. "- he said in 2009

by Sead Dedovic
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Rory McIlroy regrets the statement he made about the Ryder Cup 14 years ago
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It is common knowledge that people change with age and have different understandings. One example of this is Rory McIlroy, who 14 years ago had 'bizarre' statements regarding the Ryder Cup. From this perspective, his comments seem pretty strange.

“It’s not that important an event for me. It’s an exhibition at the end of the day. Obviously, I’ll try my best for the team but I’m not going to go running around fist pumping”. - Rory said in 2009.

However, now that he has become a mature player with a rich career behind him, he knows he made a mistake. The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest competitions, in which both sides give their everything to win. In just a few days, the Ryder Cup will start, and Rory will be part of everything.

McIlroy emphasized that the Ryder Cup brings special excitement, and that he is looking forward to playing there. "I said that in my naivete as a young swashbuckling lad. I now have been part of the Ryder Cup a lot and what those three quotes are couldn’t be further from the truth.

It is the purest competition in golf. To me, it doesn’t get any better than that. You can’t replicate that feeling of playing as part of a team and winning and feeling like you’ve contributed in some way, and you've done it for other people not just yourself."- Rory said, quoted by golfmonthly.com.

Rory McIlroy recalls the Ryder Cup from 2012

11 years ago, the Europeans made a big deal and came out victorious after a comeback.

Rory was one of the key players. In an interview with the media, he recalled the Ryer Cup and the emotions he felt after the victory. This year he will have the opportunity to do the same again and make all golf fans in Europe happy.

"I remember that afternoon in Chicago in 2012, the emotions and, like, when you finish your match and you’re watching the others come in – that churn in your stomach of watching other guys trying to get it in.

Seeing Martin Kaymer hole that winning putt. I didn’t do anything but it was one of the best feelings in the world. Only can you get those moments in Ryder Cups. There’s no other place that we can experience something like that."

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