Rory McIlroy looks to kick off after emotional Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy has pledged to reap the rewards of his Ryder Cup collapse as he prepares to return to action at the big-ticket CJ Cup in Las Vegas this week.

McIlroy burst into tears in a rare display of emotion after winning his singles match against Xander Sc Chaudele in the ill-fated quest for Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin

And the 32-year-old admits that while no one was more surprised at the reaction than he was, he thinks it may have equipped him better to continue his challenge of moving up the world rankings.

Rory McIlroy hopes his rare display of emotion can come in handy (Richard Sellars / PA)

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McIlroy said, “I’m not necessarily emotional about golf so I guess that way it surprised me. But it’s a very emotional week.

“I think it was a good thing for me. I think maybe I realized some things about myself that I hadn’t known, or maybe I had known but I was trying to stay calm and not let them go out.

“I was surprised at how emotional I was, but after a bit of thought over the past couple of weeks, I kind of understood why I had become this way.”

Despite the absence of world number one John Rahm, eight members of the European Ryder Cup team will take part in the event in Las Vegas, which has been relocated from his usual home in South Korea due to pandemic reasons.

World number one John Rahm is absent from the event in Las Vegas (Kenny Smith / PA)

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Despite such a wealth of talent, McIlroy remains convinced that in his time, he still beat all his rivals and can quickly return to the top 10 in the world.

“I think when I play my best I’m the best player in the world,” added McIlroy.

“I haven’t played like this in a while, but I don’t feel like I have to go back this far every time the pandemic hit, I was number one in the world.

“It’s not the position I want to be in, but at the same time there are so many other guys trying to do the same thing as me, and the competition gets harder every year.”



I think when I play my best I’m the best player in the world

Rory McIlroy

With Rahm choosing to play at Valderrama instead, American Dustin Johnson will be the highest-ranked player at the event, and he hopes his team’s success in Wisconsin will serve him well.

“Obviously I had a really good Ryder Cup and I hope I can get a little more out of it,” said Johnson.

“The game is starting to turn. Obviously I’ve kind of taken the last couple of weeks off, so I’m trying to get back into the mix here this week. “

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