RORY MCILROY has revealed the secret behind Team Europe’s stunning start to the Ryder Cup.
McIlroy and Co. built a 4-0 lead over Team USA at the Marco Simeone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy.
The Northern Irishman was paired with England’s Tommy Fleetwood for the game against Patrick Cantley and Xander Schauffele.
McIlroy and Fleetwood, along with the rest of Team Europe, emerged victorious from the morning session.
But McIlroy, 34, has revealed the tactical feat Europe captain Luke Donald pulled off to help them extend their impressive lead.
Speak with Sky SportsHe said: “It was an incredible session.”
“We changed the format to fours first this year because statistically that’s our better practice and we’ve been talking all week about getting off to a fast start.”
“Playing and practicing three-hole games, three holes go again, three holes go again, that’s what Captain Luke instilled in us.”
“We were ready to go from the first tee, as you can see from the way everyone played… I’m really happy to get a point for Europe.”
Traditionally, the Ryder Cup begins with the four-ball golf format, with the four-ball format taking place in the afternoon.
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In four-ball, two players from each side play in a group with one ball per player.
The best score of each pair at the end of each hole counts towards which team wins the hole.
In the group of four, however, there are the same number of golfers, but the pairs take turns hitting the same ball until the hole is completed.
The captain of the host team can choose which format the competition begins with.
And this year Donald decided to start Team Europe with the four-man format.
The layout will be the same tomorrow before twelve singles matches begin on Sunday.