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September 27, 2012

Graeme McDowell

Rory McIlroy


Q. Who has the first tee shot honour?
GRAEME MCDOWELL: テや弩e are still looking at that. We have a team meeting tonight and we will talk through
how the course breaks down for us and we will finalise that tonight. Now we know the opponents
are we are focussed.テや
RORY MCILROY: テや弩e have an idea but itテや冱 not set in stone. We will talk to the Captain and the Vice-
Captains again tonight and make the decision then. I canテや冲 wait for 07:20 in the morning. Leading the
side off in The Ryder Cup テや we are going to go out there and get the blue on the board early.テや
GRAEME MCDOWELL: テや弩e are going to use the World Number Oneテや冱 power and precision and I will just
knock a few tap-ins in.テや

Q. No matter who it is that tees off, it is a great honour for you both to be first out?
RORY MCILROY: テや廬t is a great honour to lead Europe out there.テや
GRAEME MCDOWELL: テや廬t is a great honour テや we didnテや冲 do that at Celtic Manor so it is a big thing for us both.
For me personally it is huge because I was last man out in the last match and I am first out here. I am
very proud to be playing alongside my great friend and the greatest player on the planet.テや

Q. Your opponents?
RORY MCILROY: テや弋o be honest they are not the opponents we were expecting. We know that their team is
so strong all the way through but it was a little surprise to see a rookie in their first group.テや
GRAEME MCDOWELL: テや廬 was expecting Phil and Keegan to go first but obviously Davis has his strategies and it
will be a great match no matter who we are playing. Jim is a hell of a player, a seasoned campaigner
and Brandt is obviously on a hell of a high after last week and winning the FedEx Cup.テや

Q. How important to get the first point on the board?
GRAEME MCDOWELL: テや廬tテや冱 huge. Tomorrow morningテや冱 session is hugely important and Josテδゥ Marテδュa has
stressed that. We know they are all important but we really feel that it is very important to make a
fast start.テや

Q. Emotions right now?
RORY MCILROY: テや廬 just canテや冲 wait. I am so excited right now テや I just canテや冲 wait to get out there to try and
get the first point.テや
GRAEME MCDOWELL: テや廚ouldnテや冲 agree more with my partner. We are pretty pumped for this whole thing so
letテや冱 get out there and get the blue on the board.テや

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