“It’s a lot of energy just playing, then trying to beat who you’re playing against,” he said Tuesday, before heading out for a practice round at Whistling Straits. “If you try to beat the crowd, as well, it seems like a bit of an impossible task.”
McIlroy played all five matches at Hazeltine, and he also played five in France three years ago when Europe recaptured the cup. He didn’t disclose the plans for this year, but he knows he’ll need to have more gas left in the tank come Sunday singles this time.
“I felt like I sort of hit a wall on the back nine against Patrick that day, and I want to make sure that that doesn’t happen again,” McIlory said.
Play starts Friday at Whistling Straits. McIlroy has an 11-9-4 record in five previous Ryder Cup appearances.
Bryson DeChambeau says he’s had some “great” conversations with Brooks Koepka and downplayed the notion of any friction between the two heading into the Ryder Cup.