Rory McIlroy warning for Ryder Cup rookies

<div class="news_article"><p>Rory McIlroy on Wednesday warned Europe's Ryder Cup rookies to prepare for the toughest golf environment of their careers ahead of this month's biennial battle with the United States.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/456491594" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/456491594?et=CwCOemHzSW1OSov_gdMJaQ&viewMoreLink=off&sig=nGtoBPyFoXWmawNsEPMpTf20qWMEB7aLVwaAd4xNqrE=&caption=true" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>World number three McIlroy -- speaking ahead of the BMW Championship -- said he planned to brief the five first-timers in Europe's ranks about what to expect when hostilities get under way at Hazeltine National from September 30.</p><p>McIlroy, 27, a veteran of winning European sides in 2010, 2012 and 2014, said even now he had still not got fully comfortable with the bearpit-like atmosphere of the tournament -- and this year it is being played in the Americans' own backyard.</p><p>&quot;I was really uncomfortable in 2010, I was just uncomfortable in 2012 and I was somewhat uncomfortable in 2014,&quot; McIlroy said. &quot;It's a tournament where you get feelings you've never had before.&quot;</p><p>McIlroy said he would emphasize the unique nature of the event to reigning Masters champion Danny Willett, the Englishman who pulled off a shock victory at Augusta in April to land his first major.</p><p>&quot;Someone like Danny Willett on our team, who's won the Masters, I'm going to say, 'That final round (at Augusta) was great -- but you were playing with Lee Westwood, who's a buddy of yours. And you weren't really in contention until the final five or six holes.'</p><p>&quot;Well, the first round of a Ryder Cup is like playing the final round of a major for all 18 holes. Guys are going to experience things that they've probably never experienced before on a golf course.</p><p>&quot;It's a tough environment.&quot;</p><p>McIlroy aims to arrive at the Ryder Cup in prime form having benefitted from a mid-season break after opting to skip the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.</p><p>&quot;It was nice to have that three-week break to get refreshed and get ready with this run coming up,&quot; McIlroy said.</p><p>&quot;I think some guys are feeling a little bit more tired than I am right now.&quot;</p><p>The benefits of that three-week lay-off were on display on Monday in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, when the Northern Irishman shot a blistering closing six-under-par 65 to claim a two-stroke victory.</p><p>The win earned McIlroy another $1.53 million and catapulted him from 38th to fourth place in the standings for the lucrative FedExCup post-season series.</p><p>McIlroy hopes the victory is an omen for the BMW at Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel, Indiana.</p><p>The last time McIlroy won the Deutsche Bank in 2012 he followed it with victory at the BMW Championship on the same course.</p><p>&quot;It would be a great season if I can play the way I am playing through the next two FedExCup events and then into the Ryder Cup,&quot; McIlroy said.</p><p>&quot;I still won't have achieved what I wanted to achieve this season, but it would be a nice way to finish the season off, I guess.</p><p>&quot;Anytime you're part of a winning Ryder Cup team it's a special moment. I'm looking forward to trying to help the team as much as I can.&quot;</p></div>