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Ryder Cup: United States are 'formidable' - Europe's Rory McIlroy

Ryder Cup: United States are 'formidable' - Europe's Rory McIlroy

The United States are "going to be formidable opposition" for the next 20 years according to Rory McIlroy after Europe suffered a record defeat at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

The US won 19-9 by Lake Michigan with a team containing six rookies and eight players aged under 30.

The average world ranking of the home side was 8.9 compared to Europe's 30.8.

"There's phenomenal talent on that team. It has been a tough week for us," said the Northern Irishman.

Europe arrived in the US having won seven of the previous nine Ryder Cups, but were outclassed by a home team which US captain Steve Stricker described as the "greatest ever".

Only one of the past seven events had been won by a visiting team, when Europe produced the 'Miracle of Medinah' to fight back from a 10-6 deficit on the final day in 2012.

While 37-year-old Dustin Johnson led the US haul with five points, Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele - all making their debuts and still under 30 - followed him in terms of the leading individual points scorers at Whistling Straits.

In 2023, the US will defend the trophy at the Marco Simone course in the Italian capital Rome.

McIlroy, 32, added: "I think the most important thing for the US team is they are a lot of young guys that are great players but have bought into the Ryder Cup.

"I think that was probably missing in previous generations.

"Having guys like that on the team, they are going to be formidable opposition from now until I'm probably not playing Ryder Cups, whenever that is - in hopefully 20 years' time." 

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