As last fall’s Ryder Cup approached, Europe captain Paul McGinley told his young superstar Rory McIlroy, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, that he was probably going to lose some matches, and that would be just fine.
The affable Dubliner limited his interaction with players to brief, clipped conversations. He eschewed every chance to hold anything resembling a team-building event. No dinners at major tournaments or training camps leading up to the event.