Ryder Cup: More to team than Rory McIlroy - Jamie Donaldson

Rory McIlroy & Jamie Donaldson
Jamie Donaldson (R) says Rory McIlroy (L) is one of a number of great players in the European Ryder Cup team

Welshman Jamie Donaldson says there is more to the European Ryder Cup team than world number one Rory McIlroy.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy is a four-time major champion after winning the Open and US PGA Championship this year.

But Ryder Cup debutant Donaldson says the Europeans will need a team effort to beat the USA at Gleneagles at the end of September.

"The guy is a class act but there are a lot of great players in our team," said the 38-year-old.

"It's a massive team week so everyone has got to gel well as a team and come together.

"It's not just about individuals.

Jamie Donaldson on the USA
"Their team will be strong no matter who is playing in it."There can't be any room for complacency."

"Everyone is going out there to try and win as many points as they can."

The Ryder Cup takes place at Gleneagles in Scotland from 26-28 September.

Donaldson secured his place in Paul McGinley's team by winning the Czech Masters in Prague in August.

The 38-year-old will become the first Welshman to play in the event since Phillip Price helped Europe to victory in 2002.

Europe's Ryder Cup team
Qualified automatically via European points list: Rory McIlroy (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)
Qualified automatically via World points list: Sergio Garcia (Spa), Justin Rose (Eng), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Graeme McDowell (NI)
Wildcard picks: Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Ian Poulter (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng)

Europe are targeting a third successive Ryder Cup victory after winning at the Celtic Manor in 2010 and in Chicago in 2012.

Donaldson says Europe are perhaps favourites "on paper" to beat the USA, who are without 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, but says winning will require "team spirit and good captaincy".

"Their team will be strong no matter who is playing in it," said the Pontypridd-born golfer.

"I don't think it matters who are favourites, there can't be any room for complacency.

"The team has got to go out and play well."

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