Rory McIlroy GATECRASHES United States Ryder Cup team meeting

Unfortunately for the Northern Irishman, he didn't hear any secrets or tricks that US captain Steve Stricker could have up his sleeve.

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Tue, 7 Sep 2021

Rory McIlroy GATECRASHES United States Ryder Cup team meeting!

Rory McIlroy "called in" to a team meeting between the US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker and his players on Wednesday at the Tour Championship, but it was to no avail.

As Bryson DeChambeau confirmed last week, Stricker met with the players that had already qualified at that point; DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay.

The meeting was a comprehensive discussion on the upcoming tournament at Whistling Straits which begins on September 24, and McIlroy was eating in the restaurant at the player's hotel during the meeting.

When the Northern Irishman poked his head in to see what was going on, the players had gone and it was just the vice-captains chatting in the room.

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"I called in. I was eating in the same vicinity, so I called in and said hello," McIlroy said.

"It was all good, the players were gone and it was just the vice-captains. I didn’t hear any secrets."

Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson were selected by Stricker to join Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III as vice-captains this year.

McIlroy, who has made five appearances at the Ryder Cup, will be one of the most experienced and important players on Padraig Harrington's European side.

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The four-time major winner is an extremely passionate player and he contributed two points for the Europeans in 2018 at Le Golf National in France.

In the Friday foursomes, he and Ian Poulter beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson and then in the Saturday fourballs, he and Sergio Garcia beat Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau.

Europe lost their last appearance in the Ryder Cup on American soil, losing 17-11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2016.

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