Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup opponent Tony Finau are set to renew their rivalry 14 years after being members of the Junior Ryder Cup teams.
A 15 year old McIlroy was a member of the six boys and six girls from the European team who travelled to Ohio in September 2004 to tackle a US side boasting Finau, who turned 15 two days after the event.
McIlroy helped steer Europe to an 8 ½ to 3 ½ triumph, and while he and Finau did not face each other, he is keen to do the same to get the better of Finau and his Ryder Cup team-mates once again in Paris.
“It doesn’t seem like it was 14 years ago I played in the Junior Ryder Cup there in Ohio,” said McIlroy.
“The organisers then took us up to Detroit for The Ryder Cup that next week at Oakland Hills and I remember walking inside the ropes for one of the practice rounds with the European Team.
“So, just to think what can happen in such a short space of time as I am now heading into my sixth Ryder Cup since then.
"I’ve been fortunate to play three winning Ryder Cups and am looking forward very much to being on a fourth winning European Team.”
For Finau, it will be a first Ryder Cup after being handed the final USA wildcard pick.