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