McIlroy on Bradley, Poulter: 'They're both nuts'


 CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Could Keegan Bradley become the American answer to Ian Poulter at the Ryder Cup?

Rory McIlroy was asked Wednesday if Bradley’s passion for the event compared to Poulter’s.

“They're both nuts,” McIlroy said. “That's the first thing.

“Yeah, Keegan gets really passionate about it. Like he really does. If I was to compare sides, he's the guy on the U.S. team that could get anywhere close to the passion that Poulter shows.”

Bradley teamed with Phil Mickelson to go 3-0 in partnered matches in Bradley’s first Ryder Cup in 2012, but Bradley lost his singles match to McIlroy.

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Poulter was 4-0 in Europe’s 2012 Ryder Cup triumph and has a 12-3 overall record in four Ryder Cups.

The Europeans have won the last two Ryder Cups, five of the last six, and Ladbrokes makes them the 8/15 favorite to win as the home team Sept. 25-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland. McIlroy, however, isn’t buying the notion Europe is a huge favorite.

“Everyone's going to assume that we are going to take another Ryder Cup,” McIlroy said. “But it doesn't quite work like that . . .

“It’s been tighter than people think. I think it will be the exact same way this year. So, we just have to manage our expectations and go out there and make sure we put a lot of points and a lot of blue on the board early and go from there. Get the crowd behind us.”