Rory McIlroy: 'I feel Ryder Cup responsibility'

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts during the third round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2014
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World number one Rory McIlroy reveals that he feels the responsibility of leadership within the European Ryder Cup team, but that he is relishing this role.

Europe's Rory McIlroy has revealed that he feels a greater responsibility within the Ryder Cup team than ever before, but that he is relishing his role.

The Northern Irishman, 25, is world number one after winning back-to-back Majors earlier this year, but isn't worried about being targeted by the United States team at Gleneagles next week.

"I was world number one in 2012, but this is my third Ryder Cup and I'm not a rookie anymore. I've got more responsibility," McIlroy told BBC Sport.

"There are still a few guys older than me but I'm somewhat of a leader and will try to set an example and lead from the front.

"Hopefully captain Paul McGinley puts that trust in me and I can go and lead the team out and hopefully get a few points on the board for Europe."

The Ryder Cup begins on Friday September 26.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reaches for a golf ball on the practice ground during the final round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England
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