Ryder Cup 2021, Day 2: Rory McIlroy sitting this out


The Ryder Cup 2021, Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, 24-26 September: Day Two

Rory McIlroy now a spectator at the Ryder Cup

From Yahoo!Sports, by AFP:

Europe captain Padraig Harrington has benched Rory McIlroy from Saturday's morning foursomes matches after the first two-loss day of the four-time major winner's Ryder Cup career.

McIlroy, a member of four European winning teams, struggled when paired with England's Ian Poulter in a 5&3 foursomes loss Friday to Americans Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.  Read more

From Belfast Telegraph, by Phil Casey:

Rory McIlroy had to watch from the sidelines for the first time in his Ryder Cup career as Europe attempted to overturn a daunting four-point deficit at Whistling Straits.

McIlroy had played 26 straight matches since making his debut at Celtic Manor in 2010, but lost twice on the opening day – alongside Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry – without even reaching the 16th hole.  Read more

From ABC News.go, by Bob Harig:

For the first time in his Ryder Cup career, Rory McIlroy will sit out a session of the event when play resumes Saturday morning.

McIlroy, 32, is one of the European Ryder Cup team's leaders, having competed in all 24 sessions from 2010 through 2018 and compiling an 11-9-4 record while the team won four of five times.  Read more

From BBC Sport, by Jonathan Jurejko:

Despite leaving him out, Europe captain Padraig Harrington said he "could not have asked more" from McIlroy.

"The golf didn't go as well as he would have liked, but I'm not second-guessing him for a second in terms of his leadership and what he does for my team," Harrington added.  Read more

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