ATLANTA – Let the games begin.
On Saturday following a third-round 66, Rory McIlroy was asked if he’d heard Love’s comments. After a short pause, his reply was delivered with a sly smile.
“Definitely assembled the best task force ever, that's for sure,” he laughed. “Look, it's a great team. They have a lot of very talented players in there. They're obviously quite confident. So you know what, it's up to us to go there and try to upset the odds.”
McIlroy’s European teammate Lee Westwood responded to Love’s comment via Twitter, “No pressure there then lads.” And even NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller got into the mix when asked if he considers the ’16 U.S. team better than the ’81 Ryder Cup squad, which included Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Tom Kite, Ray Floyd, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Miller.
“No,” Miller said. “But it is a really good team. It’s like a boxing match and [Love] is just throwing it out there. Normally you don’t say that. Somebody must have said, ‘I’ll bet you $100 you won’t say that.’”