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Published: 15:47 | 27/9/16

Confident McIlroy targets Cup win


Newly-crowned FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy is in confident mood as he prepares to lead Europe at the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy defeated Ryan Moore in a play-off to win the Tour Championship at East Lake and his victory in Atlanta ensured he finished the season at the top of the FedEx Cup standings to earn a $10million bonus.

With two wins in his last three outings, McIlroy is hitting form at just the right time and the Northern Irishman is feeling confident ahead of his fourth Ryder Cup appearance.

"I think for me it's about being confident in my game, I'm playing pretty well. I don't know how much bearing it will have on the team overall. I'm excited to be here, I've never experienced a loss and that's the goal this weekend as well," he told reporters.

"It's an experience we don't get any other time of the golfing year. It's always different, we're the away team. It will be a different vibe for us but everything that goes on around you when you stand over that ball at the first tee, you have to clear your mind and focus on playing great golf.

"Hopefully I can continue to play the way I have been playing and play quality shots under pressure in the Ryder Cup."

Europe are bidding for a fourth successive win over the Americans and McIlroy admits this year's Ryder Cup is extra special for him because of his relationship with captain Darren Clarke.

"My relationship goes back a long way with Darren Clarke - it's very special for me this week, I think it's very special for both of us. I have always wanted to win for the captain but probably even more so this year because of the relationship I have with Darren," he explained.

Ahead of his debut at Celtic Manor in 2010, McIlroy suggested the Ryder Cup was just an 'exhibition', but he admits he underestimated the event and is keen to impress that on this year's rookies.

"I don't think I understood what it was going to be like," McIlroy told reporters at Hazeltine. "I made a comment before the 2010 Ryder Cup which seems really stupid now.

"There is nothing like walking on the first tee for the first time and feeling that rush and soaking in that atmosphere.

"I think I underestimated what the Ryder Cup would be. You think you know what it's like under pressure - you don't. That's what I told rookies."

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