European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley (right) and America Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson with the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the second green during a practice round prior to the start of the TOUR Championship  at East Lake Golf Club on  in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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  The names of Ian Poulter of England, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Lee Westwood of England are positioned in the final line-up of the European team as European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland announces his three captain’s picks during a press conference at Wentworth. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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  • September 2, 2014, 13:53

RORY McILROY (Northern Ireland). Age 25. Caps 2 (2010, 2012). Record Won 4 Lost 3 Halved 2. Majors 4 (2011 US Open, 2012 US PGA, 2014 Open, 2014 US (...)

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Rory McIlroy holds the British Open Claret Jug trophy on the Old Trafford pitch during half-time of Manchester United’s   Premier League match against Swansea City at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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