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McIlroy and Finau to meet again 14 years on

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.