McDowell: Splitting up Rory pairing was right move


Lost in all the right moves European captain Paul McGinley made last week at the Ryder Cup was the one big move he didn't make.

McGinley never paired Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell together, and according to McDowell it was the right call.

"The truth of the matter was Rory and I did not have an overwhelmingly impressive record, and at best we might play foursomes together. The captain knew what he was doing," McDowell told the Belfast Telegraph.

Coming into the Ryder Cup, the pairing was in doubt after McIlroy's lawsuit against their former management company strained their relationship. Despite the litigation, both men maintained they had patched things up. But McGinley hinted before the start of the matches that he was considering splitting up the pairing.

Instead he paired McIlroy with Sergio Garcia three times and once with Ian Poulter, resulting in a 1-1-2 record. McDowell partnered with Victor Dubuisson for two foursomes victories.

"I have been very fortunate with my playing partners at Ryder Cups: Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and (Ian) Poulter in 2008, Rory McIlroy in 2010 and 2012. Pretty decent partners in crime," McDowell said.