Rory McIlroy relishes leading role for Europe and a Paris reunion with rookie star Thomas Pieters
It was a partnership founded on nothing more than a hunch but if Rory McIlroy has his way it is one we will be seeing for Europe until about the year 2036.
Sitting next to Thomas Pieters on Sunday, Europe's No 1 put his arm around the gifted Belgian's shoulder and said: 'I'm keeping hold of this guy and I'm not letting anyone else near him for the next 20 years.'
When sifting through the wreckage of Europe's biggest loss since 1981, the unplanned partnership captain Darren Clarke stumbled upon that reaped such dividends with three points out of three was certainly the leading positive.
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