PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy may be the youngest member on the European Ryder Cup team, but the Northern Irishman said he is ready to take on a leadership role in the team competition.
The 23-year-old world No. 1, who made his debut in the biennial event in 2010, said he will not hesitate to raise his hand at this year’s edition against the United States at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago from Sept. 28-30.
“I know there are a lot of older guys than me that are going to be on the European team, but I feel like I’m in a position where I’d be one of the leaders of that team and if I feel strongly about something, I’ll voice that,” McIlroy said.
McIlroy, who captured his second major title when he cruised to a record eight-shot win at the PGA Championship in August, is more than four years younger than Germany’s Martin Kaymer, the next youngest member of the 12-man European team.
But that will not keep McIlroy from letting European captain Jose Maria Olazabal know his preferences for playing partners, order of play or strategy.
“I think the big thing about the Ryder Cup is you have to be a good team member,” McIlroy said. “You can’t be afraid to voice your opinion. If you really feel strongly about something in the team room, you’ve got to stand up and speak.”