McIlroy sizes up Wiesberger ... big fan of Austria


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Even avid golf fans might not know much about Bernd Wiesberger, but don’t count his Sunday playing partner among them.

“He's one of the modern day sort of guys; he's big, he's athletic, he hits the ball a long way, makes a really good move at it,” analyzed Rory McIlroy, who will play alongside Wiesberger in the PGA Championship’s final pairing on Sunday. “Apart from that, I know that he's won a few times the past few years and he's established himself on the European Tour. It will be great for him tomorrow. It's a new experience and one that he'll learn a lot from, and yeah, I'm looking forward to it. It's a good pairing for both of us. I think we're pretty comfortable in each other's company.”

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While walking the fairways, they could even discuss Wiesberger’s home country of Austria, which McIlroy reminisced fondly about when speaking of his only visit there.

“I finished third in the European Young Masters in 2004 in Austria to actually make the Junior Ryder Cup team and then played the Junior Ryder Cup in Westfield Country Club, Ohio.”

If things go Wiesberger’s way in the final round, he could have an Austrian alongside him at this year’s Ryder Cup, too.