Rory McIlroy admits Team Europe will win the Ryder Cup once again over in the United States when the biennial contest swings around at Bethpage Black in 2025.
Speaking to the media with victorious 2023 European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald and the rest of the team, McIlroy, who will be 36 in 2025, admits the Europeans have no intentions of handing back the cup in two years' time in New York.
The last time an away team won the Ryder Cup was at Medinah in 2012 when Europe famously overturned a four-point deficit heading into the Sunday Singles to win 14.5-13.5 against all the odds.
McIlroy made his feelings be known in light of eight of the last nine Ryder Cups now having been won by the home team.
Europe defeated the United States 16.5-11.5 in Rome to win back the Ryder Cup.
USA have not won a Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993.
Last nine Ryder Cup results:
- 2006 (K Club, Ireland): Europe 18.5 - 9.5 USA
- 2008 (Valhalla, USA): USA 16.5 - 11.5 Europe
- 2010 (Celtic Manor, Wales): Europe 14.5 - 13.5 USA
- 2012 (Medinah, USA): USA 13.5 - 14.5 Europe
- 2014 (Gleneagles, Scotland): Europe 16.5 - 11.5 USA
- 2016 (Hazeltine, USA): USA 17 - 11 Europe
- 2018 (Le Golf National, France): Europe 17.5 - 10.5 USA
- 2021 (Whistling Straits, USA): USA 19 - 9 Europe
- 2023 (Marco Simone, Italy): Europe 16.5 - 11.5 USA
During the team press conference after winning the 2023 Ryder Cup, McIlroy also commented he and the rest of the current team would be "very happy" for Donald to keep hold of the captaincy at Bethpage Black.
The 2023 European Ryder Cup team shouted out "two more years, two more years" during the trophy presentation at Marco Simone.
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Donald, who will be 47 in 2025, was pressed by reporters if he would fancy the gig once again.
The former World No.1 responded:
McIlroy came up clutch for the European team this week taking four points from a possible five.
The only loss for McIlroy came in a controversial match against Patrick Cantlay and Wyndham Clark in the Saturday Fourballs.
McIlroy was fuming at the actions of Cantlay's caddie Joe LaCava on the 18th green.
Tyrrell Hatton and Viktor Hovland also excelled with 3.5 points over the three days.
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