Rory McIlroy hopes playoff win over Ryan Moore proves good Ryder Cup omen

He beat his USA opponent at the Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy, Ireland, Brazil,

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Rory McIlroy is hoping his recent playoff win over Ryan Moore at the Tour Championship is a good omen for the Ryder Cup.

The World No 3 says he is excited to get going again for Europe at this week's tournament, following his success at the US PGA Tour Championship.

The Northern Irishman beat Moore, who is part of the USA team, in a play-off to take the title.

Moore was named as the final USA wildcard pick on Monday.

McIlroy hopes that's a good omen going into the event, which starts on Friday.

"Obviously I'm very excited to get going again and play, but you know, just happy with where my game is. And it was a nice little prep battling with Ryan on Sunday there, and I was actually very glad to see that he got the pick, because the way he played down the stretch, he really deserved that. I'm glad he's here this week," said McIlroy.

"I'm excited to be here. Fourth Ryder Cup for myself. Never experienced a loss before and obviously that's the goal this week again, is to take that Cup home."

McIlroy also commented on the fact that multiple major winner Bubba Watson will not be out on course for the USA but instead has been drafted in as a last-minute vice-captain.

"It's so tough to leave someone like that off the team. But Bubba has shown that he wants to be a part of it and obviously he was brought in as an official vice captain," he said, before continuing.

"If you go on World Rankings, he would have definitely made the team. But you go on form and he hasn't quite shown what he needed to over the past few weeks to get on the team. And you have someone like Ryan Moore who has played so well over the past sort of four to six weeks, and he showed all he needed to show on Sunday to prove that he was worthy of that final pick. But I think Bubba being here definitely won't hinder them in any way I feel."