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Europe's Ryder Cup young guns will rule the world: Rory McIlroy

By Carl Markham

Published 04/10/2016

Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates his putt on the 6th during the singles matches on day three of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates his putt on the 6th during the singles matches on day three of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Justin Rose celebrates his putt on the 8th to win the hole, during the singles matches on day three of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
United States' J.B. Holmes reacts after winning the second hole during a singles match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Europe's Rory McIlroy during the singles matches on day three of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Rory McIlroy tees off from the first during the singles matches on day three of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Europe's Justin Rose celebrates a putt during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
United States' Phil Mickelson hugs United States' Matt Kuchar after winning their match on the 17th hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
United States' Phil Mickelson hugs United States' Matt Kuchar after winning their match on the 17th hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
USA's Rickie Fowler checks his phone during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Matthew Fitzpatrick and Europe vice captain Ian Poulter (right) during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Justin Rose and Europe vice captain Padraig Harrington (right) on a buggy after the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Henrik Stenson and Europe's Justin Rose during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
USA's Matt Kuchar during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Europe's Justin Rose celebrates a putt during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
(left to right) Europe's Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Europe vice captain Ian Poulter and Europe's Matthew Fitzpatrick around the 18th during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Lee Westwood misses his putt on the 18th during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe captain Darren Clarke and Europe's Rory McIlroy watch on the 17th hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Europe's Lee Westwood misses his putt on the 18th during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
USA's Jordan Spieth (right) and USA's Matt Kuchar (second right) during the Fourballs on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler of the United States pose on the first tee with Thomas Pieters and Rory McIlroy of Europe during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Europe's Matthew Fitzpatrick tees off the 1st during the Foursomes on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: A graduated color filter was used for this image.) Brooks Koepka of the United States hits off the first tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: A graduated color filter was used for this image.) Thomas Pieters of Europe hits off the first tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts on the third green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Fans wave American and European flags during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rory McIlroy of Europe hits off the second tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Captain Darren Clarke of Europe speaks to vice-captain Ian Poulter during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits off the second tee as Rickie Fowler looks on during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Patrick Reed of the United States hits off the first tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rickie Fowler of the United States plays a shot on the second hole during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
(From left to right) USA's Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka pose for a picture with Europe's Matthew Fitzpatrick and Henrik Stenson on the first tee ahead of their Foursomes match on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot on the first hole during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rory McIlroy of Europe plays a shot on the first hole during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler of the United States react after a shot on the second hole during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Thomas Pieters of Europe looks on from the second green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rickie Fowler of the United States looks on from the first green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters of Europe react on the second green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters of Europe react on the second green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rory McIlroy of Europe catches a ball on the third green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Thomas Pieters of Europe reacts on the first green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rory McIlroy of Europe putts on the third green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler of the United States look on from the first green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Thomas Pieters and Rory McIlroy of Europe react on the fourth green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler of the United States look on from the first green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: European fans cheer along the course during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Rory McIlroy of Europe plays a shot on the third hole during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Bethany Wood walks off the first tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: captain Darren Clarke of Europe hugs Rory McIlroy on the first tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick of Europe react on the first tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
(From left to right) USA's Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler pose for a picture with Europe's Thomas Pieters and Rory McIlroy ahead of their Fourballs match on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 01: Nicole Willett, Erica Stoll and Eva Bossaerts walk off the first tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
A USA fan wears a t-shirt with a message for Europe's Rory McIlroy on day two of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Rory McIlroy of Europe plays a shot on the range during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Rory McIlroy of Europe lines up a putt on the second green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Europe's Rory McIlroy reacts after missing his putt on the 18th during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. : David Davies/PA Wire.
United StatesÄô Patrick Reed reacts after making a putt and winning his match 3 & 2 on the 16th hole during a foresomes match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Europe's Rory McIlroy reacts after missing his putt on the 18th during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
A view of the scoreboard, showing USA 4 up after the morning Foursomes, during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
A view of the scoreboard, showing USA 4 up after the morning Foursomes, during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
Europe's Martin Kaymer and Europe vice captain Ian Poulter on a buggy after the morning Foursomes during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
United StatesÄô Patrick Reed reacts after making a putt and winning his match 3 & 2 on the 16th hole during a foresomes match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Europe's Rory McIlroy reacts after missing his putt on the 18th during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. David Davies/PA Wire.
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Matt Kuchar of the United States rides off the green after winning his round during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Matt Kuchar of the United States walks off the green after winning his round during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Vice-captain Tiger Woods of the United States gives a thumbs up as he walks during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Vice-captain Tiger Woods of the United States gives a thumbs up as he walks during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Lee Westwood of Europe hits off the seventh tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Paulina Gretzky looks on during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Dustin Johnson of the United States plays a shot on the sixth hole during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed of the United States line up a putt on the 12th green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Andy Sullivan of Europe reacts to a missed putt on the 16th green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Andy Sullivan of Europe reacts to a missed putt on the 16th green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Sergio Garcia of Europe lines up a putt on the 15th green as fans look on during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler of the United States react at the end of their round during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits off the 18th tee during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Rory McIlroy of Europe throws his putter on the 18th green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Rory McIlroy of Europe throws his putter on the 18th green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters of Europe line up a putt on the ninth green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters of Europe line up a putt on the ninth green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters of Europe line up a putt on the ninth green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Vice-captain Tiger Woods and captain Davis Love III of the United States speak during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Vice-captain Tiger Woods and captain Davis Love III of the United States speak during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Lee Westwood of Europe and Dustin Johnson of the United States shake hands at the end of their match during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar of the United States react after a putt on the 14th green to end the match during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: A United States fan looks on during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Rory McIlroy of Europe reacts on the 14th green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar of the United States look on from the 14th green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30: Matt Kuchar of the United States reacts on the eighth green during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Europe's Rory McIlroy (right) and Andy Sullivan (left) during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA.
Europe's Rory McIlroy (right) and Andy Sullivan (left) during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA.
Europe's Rory McIlroy (right) and Andy Sullivan (left) during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA.
European fans during day one of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA.
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy of Europe attend the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Vice-captain Padraig Harrington of Europe and Caroline Harrington attend the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Dustin Johnson of the United States sits with Paulina Gretzky during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Dustin Johnson of the United States sits with Paulina Gretzky during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Captain Darren Clarke of Europe and his team look on during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Junior Hailee Cooper of the United States reacts during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Justine Reed, Nichole Moore, Amy Mickelson, Sybi Kuchar and Becky Edwards wave flags during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Junior Patrick Welch of the United States reacts during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Eva Bossaerts, Kate Rose, Emma Stenson, Helen Storey and Nicole Willett wave flags during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Erica Stoll and Eva Bossaerts look on during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Henrik Stenson of Europe reacts during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Vice-captains Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker and Tom Lehman of the United States react during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson, J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler and captain Davis Love III of the United States look on during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Singer Alisan Porter performs the national anthem during the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Captain of Europe, Darren Clarke (C) poses with (L-R) Rafa Cabrera Bello, Andy Sullivan, Thomas Pieters, Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, Chris Wood and Martin Kaymer of Europe before departing Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Captain of Europe, Darren Clarke poses with four of his vice-captains (L-R) Thomas Bjorn, Sam Torrance, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington before departing Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Vice-Captain of Europe, Paul Lawrie poses with his wife Marian Lawrie as they depart the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Thomas Pieters of Europe poses with his girlfriend Eva Bossearts as they depart the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Rafa Cabrera Bello of Europe poses with his girlfriend Sofia Lundstedt as they depart the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Captain of Europe, Darren Clarke and his wife Alison Clarke pose with the Ryder Cup before departing Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Vice-Captain of Europe, Padraig Harrington poses with his wife Caroline Harrington as he departs the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Danny Willett of Europe poses with his wife Nicole Wiillett as they depart the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Vice-Captain of Europe, Padraig Harrington poses with his wife Caroline Harrington before departing Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

World number three Rory McIlroy believes Europe's Ryder Cup team is in transition, but is confident the new breed will come good in two years' time.

Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters produced the best individual display on any side in the 17-11 defeat at Hazeltine with four points in five matches and Rafa Cabrera Bello picked up two and a half from three - but the rest of the team did not fare as well.

Chris Wood got one point, but his fellow English rookies Matt Fitzpatrick, at 22 the youngest player at Hazeltine, Andy Sullivan and Masters champion Danny Willett failed to land any.

At the other end of the scale Lee Westwood, playing in his 10th Ryder Cup, disappointingly did not register in three matches while Martin Kaymer, in his fourth, contributed one point in four.

"Definitely, it's a transitional team, it goes in cycles," said McIlroy, who notched up three points in five games and was involved in an epic final-day duel with Patrick Reed before losing out on the 18th hole.

"It is the first time with this many rookies since 2010 (when they won by a point at Celtic Manor) and you will see a lot of these rookies come back and play again next time."

“I know the rookies didn’t have the greatest first Ryder Cup but at the same time they will have learned a lot from it and a lot of them will play in Paris in two years’ time.”

McIlroy enjoyed being paired with Pieters, who he claimed wanted to be his partner for the “next 20 years” after winning all three points with the big-hitting Belgian.

The 24-year-old was one of captain Darren Clarke’s wildcard picks after finishing fourth in the Olympics, second at the Czech Masters and first at the Made in Denmark — the three events leading up to selection.

McIlroy admitted he knew little about the Belgian before the Ryder Cup but predicted a bright future.

“I am excited. He was a pick by Darren and he showed this week just how good he is, showed me how good he is,” he added.

“I’ve not played that much with him before and we went out as a pairing and played unbelievably in the fourballs and then Darren put us out in the foursomes. He is the best partner you could have. It seemed so natural to him and he is such a laid-back guy. Like (a fellow Belgian debutant) Nicolas Colsaerts four years ago but younger and, no offence to Nicolas, with a lot more talent.”

Half a team of rookies created issues for Clarke when it came to his pairings, and McIlroy admitted it placed a greater burden on the more experienced players.

“I felt responsibility a few months ago when the team was shaping up and it looked like there was going to be a few first-timers,” said the Northern Irishman, who came into the event in good form having won the Tour Championship and the £8m bonus from claiming the FedEx Cup. “This week, having done what I’ve done in the game, especially the last few weeks and how I’ve been playing, I tried to lead by example.

“I tried my utmost to do that and I won three points but I wish I could have contributed more. I did as much as I could.”

While many of the players will still be around to go to Le Golf National in 2018 the task of finding a new captain will begin over the next couple of months.

“It depends who feels like they are ready for it,” he said.

“You’ve got someone like a Lee Westwood, Thomas Bjorn or Padraig (Harrington) obviously — but that would be three Irish captains in a row and I don’t know how that would feel.

“The culture of the European Tour is to include everyone in the team and because we have so much support around us while we obviously need a captain it could be any one of a number of guys.”

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