Rory McIlroy sends message to Ryder Cup captain

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Rory McIlroy's gruelling end-of-season schedule will not have an adverse effect on his Ryder Cup contribution, the four-time Major champion has insisted ahead of this week's Deutsche Bank Championship. 

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman has played a lot of competitive golf since July, winning the Open, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship in the space of five weeks before last week's FedEx Cup playoffs began in New Jersey.

An opening-round 73 - his first over par in 15 - at The Barclays led some to suggest McIlroy may finally be beginning to tire following his high-profile wins each side of the Atlantic, as well as six appearances in seven weeks which will quickly become eight in nine at the end of the FedEx. 

Clear message

However, with the second leg of the playoffs set to get underway at TPC Boston this week, the world number one has sent a clear message to European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

"I am trying to conserve all the energy I can because not only do I want to win the FedEx Cup but I know with the Ryder Cup it's going to be a huge week and a long week where you want to be fresh," McIlroy told reporters.

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"You just have to be smart and you have to be sensible. I enjoyed my time in the week after winning the PGA Championship and besides I didn't have that many late nights where I let it get the better of me.

Wildcard announcement

"And I didn't sit out a match at Medinah so my message is: 'McGinley stick me down for every match.'"

While that will be a complete reassurance to McGinley, he would much prefer to preside over two strong McIlroy showings in the next three weeks as the PGA Tour reaches its climax. 

The Irishman already has much to consider, with the three wildcard announcements set to be made at Wentworth this Tuesday coming.

English trio

The English trio of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald have been tipped to take all three, unless Stephen Gallacher secures an automatic spot through his Italian Open finish this weekend. 

With so much left to be decided, including the opposition team (Watson will name his wildcard picks some seven hours after his European counterpart), McGinley will be hoping to leave McIlroy to his own devices in the next fortnight. 

The Holywood-born golfer will have just a single week's rest before the biennial event with the US kicks off in Scotland, but his latest message to his captain tells you all you need to know about the mentality of golf's biggest attraction. 

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