THERE is no time for Rory McIlroy to count the millions he won by finishing second in the FedEx Cup play-offs in Atlanta on Sunday.
The 23-year-old flew into Chicago yesterday to join up with his European team-mates ahead of the Ryder Cup which gets under way on Friday.
Disappointed to be beaten to the title by Brandt Snedeker, the US PGA Champion was already setting his sights on leading Europe to victory on Sunday.
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to meeting up with all the guys,” McIlroy (right) said.
“Just to get back into that team atmosphere and team spirit. It should be good fun. I’m just going to go there and enjoy it and try and help team Europe out as much as I can.”
A rookie in 2010 at Celtic Manor, McIlroy arrives in Medinah as the undisputed number one golfer in the world.
Northern Irish compatriot Graeme McDowell believes McIlroy’s rise through the ranks means there will be added responsibility on the Holywood sensation’s shoulders.
“It’s a massive boost having Rory on our team,” McDowell said.
“He’s the best player on the planet at the moment, but he will have those crosshairs on his back.
“He is a big scalp now and guys will want to play him and take a point off him.
“Rory goes into this Ryder Cup as one of the leaders, as our best player.
“He has more responsibility on his shoulders but certainly he is a guy who can handle that type of pressure.
“He has stepped up to the plate over the last couple of months and I fully expect him to be on form.”