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Rory McIlroy: Ryder Cup is icing on the cake

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World number one Rory McIlroy has said that winning the Ryder Cup has rounded off a perfect year for him.

The Northern Irishman claimed both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship during this summer and became the first player in 37 years to win two majors and the Ryder Cup in the same season.

Incidentally, it was American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson who was the last player to achieve that feat.

Brilliant summer

McIlroy admitted that it's been a brilliant summer for him and praised European captain Paul McGinley. The Northern Irishman also set his sights on repeating his achievements in two years time, or failing that, hopes a team-mate can.

"It's obviously a nice honour to have. It's the icing on the cake of what has been a very special summer for me," said McIlroy.

“To win back-to-back Majors, The Open Championship and then the PGA, and then to be a part of this fantastic team led by a wonderful captain is fantastic.

"I couldn't have asked for the summer to end any better. I didn't know that it had not been done since 1977 but, you know, if it's not me in a couple years' time again, then I hope it's one of these guys (his team-mates) that gets two Majors and gets a Ryder Cup."

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McIlroy had been experiencing an average Ryder Cup on a personal front with one defeat, two halves and a win in his first four matches.

Star of the show

However, he was the star of the show during the final day as he played some impressive golf and brushed American Rickie Fowler aside with a 5&4 victory to earn Europe their first point of the day.

McIlroy admitted he was pleased with his performance on Sunday and felt he was more determined to win than he was during his majors.

Proud

"I personally am just really proud of how I played. I was probably up for this match more than I was the final two rounds of the Majors I won this year," he said.

"It just meant so much to be to be a part of this team and to win."

Wonderful captain

The 25-year old also hailed skipper McGinley and felt his leadership skills and detailed planning was key to their victory.

"He has just been the most wonderful captain and I can't speak highly enough of him.

"From the first day we got here, the speeches that he gave, the videos he showed us, the people that he got in to talk to us, the imagery in the team room, it all tied in together.

“All part of the plan, all for the cause of trying to win this Ryder Cup.

Meticulous

"He was meticulous in his planning. He left no stone unturned. I think I speak on behalf of all the 12 players up here and just say that he couldn't have done anything else. He was absolutely fantastic."

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