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McIlroy, Garcia respond to 'best team ever' comment

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CHASKA, Minn. – Between now and Friday, when the Ryder Cup actually starts, there will be enough bloviating and prognosticating to make your head spin.

There’s so much time and space to fill in the build up to the matches that someone always says something that creates a stir.

It started earlier than usual this time when both Johnny Miller and U.S. captain Davis Love provided bulletin-board material for the Europeans.

The outspoken Miller said last week at the Tour Championship that the Europeans, on paper, are one of the worst teams they’ve had in years. Love hinted that his squad may be the best team ever assembled.

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On Tuesday at Hazeltine, two of Europe’s top players let it be known that the comments have provided more than enough motivation.

“Whenever we are going up against one of the greatest teams ever assembled, that’s motivation enough,” Rory McIlroy said with a hint of a smirk. “How good a victory would this be if we go out and beat these guys on their home soil?”

Sergio Garcia took a different approach.

“At the end of the day, you don’t win Ryder Cup with your mouth you know,” he said. “You win them out there on the golf course. So that’s what we’ll see, which team is the best.”

Europe is looking to win four straight Ryder Cups for the first time in history.