McIlroy shrugs off Watson's 'target' comment


GLENEAGLES, Scotland – How does Rory McIlroy like having a target on his back?

McIlroy was asked Wednesday if his world No. 1 ranking would carry more weight for Americans able to beat him in this week’s Ryder Cup matches.

“They win a match against me, they get a point, no more, no less,” McIlroy said.

Who does he think the Americans would relish beating more? Him or Ian Poulter?

Ryder Cup: Articles, videos and photos

“I think, maybe in this format, and in this environment, and in the Ryder Cup, probably Poulter, just because how good his record is,” McIlroy said. “But, yeah, I know [U.S. captain Tom] Watson has been talking about targeting us two, but at the same time, it's only one-sixth of the team. There are 10 other world-class players that he has to worry about, as well, and they are just as capable of putting points on the board for Europe. They can try and target us all they want, but there are guys alongside us that can do just as good a job.”