Wyndham Clark says he has the 'utmost respect' for Rory McIlroy but believes he's a better player.
In comments that will undoubtedly get the juices of the Northern Irishman flowing, Clark said he wants to prove he's better than the four-time major champion by defeating him in the singles at the forthcoming Ryder Cup.
Clark - who revealed earlier in the week he was given an ultimatum by his caddie and agent - told Golf Channel the showdown against the Ulsterman would be a 'David and Goliath' battle.
He said: "I have the utmost respect for Rory - he is one of our great ambassadors of our game. He is obviously one of the best of all time and he is still going so he can be that."
The 29-year-old, who won the U.S. Open in June, didn't just go after McIlroy in the short interview.
Robert MacIntyre is also playing the French Open at Le Golf National.
The majority of the U.S. team will be well rested having not played competitive golf since the Tour Championship.
"I like to think we are going to be really fresh," said Clark. "The guys on the European team played all of the playoffs and played one or two more events."
Since his debut at the 2010 Ryder Cup, McIlroy has been a part of every edition of the contest.
He has played in 24 matches, winning 12, halving four and losing 12 with a total points tally of 14.
McIlroy has had some incredible duels in the singles over the years, chief of which was his battle with Patrick Reed in 2016.
At the last Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits, he defeated Xander Schauffele 3&2 but it was already too little, too late for Europe.
The defeat reduced McIlroy to tears.
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