Rory especially satisfied to beat Mickelson


CHASKA, Minn. – Rory McIlroy said there was special satisfaction getting a victory against Phil Mickelson in a morning foursomes match Saturday at the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy and Thomas Pieters teamed to defeat Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, 4 and 2.

McIlroy was 0-3 against Mickelson in Ryder Cup matches going into the match.

“Yeah, when I saw the draw last night, I said, 'Yes, I get to have a go at him again,'” McIlroy said. “Because my record against him in the Ryder Cup wasn’t what I wanted it to be. So, personally, I wanted it a little bit more for that reason.”

As the leadoff match Saturday morning, McIlroy said he was looking at the bigger picture, too.

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“Just to go out first and put a point on the board for team Europe, that’s what we wanted to do, to start the session off in the right vein,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy is now 2-0 paired with the Belgian Ryder Cup rookie Pieters. They teamed to defeat Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2, in Friday afternoon fourballs.

“We have very similar games and that helps us in foursomes as well,” McIlroy said.