McIlroy: ‘They can come at me’

Rory McIlroy says the US Ryder Cup team’s plans to target him at Gleneagles will only motivate him.

The Northern Irishman has had a dream season, winning the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship, and will start at Ryder Cup ranked number one in the world.

USA captain Tom Watson announced on Monday that his team is targeting a victory against McIlroy and Ian Poulter to boost their confidence and chip away at Europe’s.

However, the Northern Irishman told BBC sport had he relished the challenge.

“Any time the opposition starts to talk about you, that’s a huge compliment,” said McIlroy.

“I don’t mind that at all. They can come at me. It gives me a little bit of a boost to try and go out there and play well.”

The USA and European teams arrived at Gleneagles on Sunday.