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Rory McIlroy excited at prospect of helping boyhood hero Clarke win Ryder Cup

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As Rory McIlroy is inevitably highlighted as a leader within Europe’s Ryder Cup team and a player the United States identify as a blue chip opponent, it will be easy to forget wide-eyed youthfulness. Whereas now McIlroy is a global superstar and four-time major champion, there was a time in the not-so distant past that Darren Clarke, Europe’s captain, was Northern Ireland’s revered golfing son.