Golf - Rory relishes Ryder Cup leadership role like never before

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan of Europe look on during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 27, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images/AFPCHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan of Europe look on during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 27, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ROSS KINNAIRD)

- Rory McIlroy has embraced his leadership role on Europe's Ryder Cup squad just as six rookies join the lineup seeking to defeat the Americans for an unprecedented fourth time. "I have definitely become more comfortable in that role," McIlroy said on Tuesday. "I relish that role. I understand it's a big responsibility, but I feel like I'm now ready to take that on my shoulders and hopefully lead by example." Now he hopes to guide Europe to a seventh win in eight tries over the Americans and keep the trophy he has never lost. English rookie Andy Sullivan received some simple but wise advice to drawn upon on the first tee. "Just little things, like remembering to breathe, stuff like that, Rory was saying," Sullivan said. "Nothing massively influential but again it might help me out in the long run of things."

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