Plenty of positives for McIlroy in defeat


Rory McIlroy refused to be too negative in his assessment of Europe's Ryder Cup defeat as he began to set his sights on an improved performance in two years.

The 17-11 loss at Hazeltine was McIlroy's first at a Ryder Cup after wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014, the Northern Irishman beaten 1up by Patrick Reed in Sunday's opening singles match.

Few could argue that the United States fully merited their victory, but McIlroy believes a European side featuring six rookies this time around will form the majority of the make-up of the team in Paris in 2018.

"There's plenty of positives to take," McIlroy said in a news conference. "We have a group that have gotten much closer over the past seven days and a group that could possibly see all of us again in the Ryder Cup in two years' time.

"I think there has been positives to take going into Paris in two years' time. Some of the new blood that we have, they have gotten over their first Ryder Cup and now they know what it's about and they know what they are going to expect next time.

"We'll go to Paris with a more experienced squad and a squad that knows what it feels like. We'll have great leadership again.

"I think the great culture of the European team, you have guys that have been involved in the team for such a long time. I think that's one of the big parts of our success is that we keep a core group of players and people in the team and around the team.

"But look, it is disappointing. I wish we could have the feeling that we had in Gleneagles two years ago, but it will make it that much better when we have that feeling again in Paris."