Rory McIlroy and his Europe teammates have been urged to reach for the stars to keep the Ryder Cup afloat.
European captain Padraig Harrington took his stand in the Whistling Straits defense with an emotionally charged video to highlight the particular club he represents.
Only 164 golfers have stood taller than Americans – less than a third of the number of people who have gone to space.
And Harrington’s inspirational video – titled ‘We’re the 164. Make It Count’ – was lauded by McIlroy.
Four-time major winner McIlroy said: “Padreg played a video for us last night to put it in context.
“164 players have represented Great Britain and Ireland and then Europe in the Ryder Cup, but 570 have gone to space.
“And more than 5,000 people have climbed Everest, while 225 have won a men’s major. When you break it down in a way that it’s a very specific group, and that’s great.
“Now we have this thing this week where we are all given a player number, as one in 164.
“I’m No. 144; I think Lee Westwood is No. 118. You see all the players who came before you, but you also see people like Bernd Wiesberger, who is making his debut this year. That number is 164.
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“It’s a small collection of people who played in the Ryder Cup, and I think that’s what brings us very close together.
“It has been one of our big focus points this week, that it is very special to be here as part of the European team. Very few people can call themselves a European Ryder Cup player.
The video was released on both the Ryder Cup and European Tour Twitter sites.
McIlroy admitted that despite winning seven of the last nine Ryder Cups, Europe started off largely as an underdog.
The United States boasts eight of the top ten players in the world, and their average ranking is ninth.
World No. 1 Jon Rahm has no one from Europe in the top ten for the company, and his average ranking is 31st.
McIlroy therefore believes another European victory will likely top the ‘Miracle in Medina in 2012’ when Ian Poulter propelled an incredible comeback that ended a 10–4 deficit in a 14½–13½ victory. Changed.
He added: “Winning the Ryder Cup on the road has become more meaningful for some reason. We experienced it in 2012, which from a European point of view is probably one of the best days in the Ryder Cup we’ve ever had.
“I would definitely love to have that feeling again. You look at the world rankings and everything, we are coming here with a lot of things that are against us. So I think winning again makes it even more achievement.” will make it.”