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Rory McIlroy

The Ryder Cup is a great spectacle but an exhibition at the end of the day and it should be there to be enjoyed. In the big scheme of things it's not that important to me.

- Fifteen months before his Ryder Cup debut Rory causes a bit of a ruckus downplaying the event.

You are not just playing for yourself, you're playing for 11 other guys, plus all of the backroom staff and most of Europe, as well, I suppose. That's the big thing.

- But on the eve of the match at Celtic Manor he is asked again about the importance and has changed his mind!

It was unbelievable. I've never experienced anything like that at a golf tournament before. I was just happy to make contact with it down the first and had a good partner to rely on that won the first hole for us.

- Rory's reaction to his first experience of playing in the Ryder Cup.

To get that first win under my belt in The Ryder Cup is fantastic, and you know, to do it alongside this guy is even more special. He's been great for me this week, and he's made my life a lot easier, you know, walking the fairways with him. It's been great.

- Rory is full of love for fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell as they win their Session 3 foursomes .

It's great. It's fantastic. I wouldn't have said this a year ago, but this is the best event in golf, by far.

- After the match is completed, Rory agrees that he has completed a total u-turn about the significance of the "exhibition" match.