McIlroy wary of cup 'letdown'
Rory McIlroy could be looking to his Ryder Cup team-mates to fire him up in Chicago next week.
The 23-year-old Northern Irishman will be an incredible £7million richer if he makes it four wins in five starts at this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.
"Depending on what happens this week there could be a little bit of a letdown," McIlroy admitted. "There could be a little bit of an adjustment period, but once you're in the team atmosphere and once you're in the Ryder Cup surroundings it doesn't take much to get the juices flowing. Even if you're feeling a little low on energy, you can feed off other guys."
He added: "There is a lot of stuff going on in the Ryder Cup the days before and you really have to conserve your energy because you're playing - hopefully - five rounds of golf in three days.
"So I think the start of next week will be about conserving energy and making sure you put all of that energy into those three days."
McIlroy is among 17 cup players - fellow Europeans Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, plus all 12 Americans - in the 30-man field at East Lake for the final leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs. The winner of the series takes home more than £6.1million and the tournament itself has a first prize of almost £900,000.
McIlroy plays the opening round with Tiger Woods again as they are first and second in the points standings.
Nick Watney is third, Phil Mickelson fourth and Brandt Snedeker fifth and the system is such that victory for any of the quintet would make them the overall champion as well.
A McIlroy v Woods clash at Medinah is an even more mouth-watering prospect, of course.
"That would be fun," said Woods and McIlroy commented: "I'm not going to sit here and lie and say I wouldn't enjoy it because I would. But I think that's up to the captain to decide where I play and where he wants to put me and whatever decision he makes is good with me."