Rory McIlroy is itching for a showdown with Patrick Reed

The WGC-Dell Match Play Championship is, not surprisingly, a match play event…and Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed are both in the field this week. 

Also not surprising, some intrepid reporter decided to ask Rory McIlroy about a potential showdown with Reed (which would have to come in the final).

“Look, it would be nice to play Patrick again,” McIlroy said, per USA Today. “There is some unfinished business there that I would like to clear up. But we’ll see what happens.”

Now, if you’ve forgotten, the “unfinished business” Mr. McIlroy is referring to is Reed’s 1-up victory at the Ryder Cup last October. That boxscore and these black letters, however, fail to capture the emotion of their duel. Remember this?

McIlroy elaborated on his passion (as if he needs to) for match play and how he and Reed step it up in that type of format.

“I feel like we both play well in this format of the game. He’s played well in match play, especially in the Ryder Cup. If it came down to that and we were to face each other Saturday or Sunday that would be awesome. Something I’d really look forward to, to try to beat him and beat him by more than one hole, just so I have a little bit of an edge. It’s sort of the way it is.

Did you catch that? Rory not only wants to beat Reed, but he wants do it by more than one hole so he can pull ahead in their all-time series. File that under #ThingsCompetitorsSay.

And in case it wasn’t abundantly clear, Rory spelled out the fact that he’s still bitter about the Sunday singles defeat.

“Getting beaten in singles Sunday of the Ryder Cup stings. But it was a pleasure to be a part of that match because of the people will remember that for a long time. I wasn’t on the winning side of it, but it was cool to be a part of. If we could do that again that would be cool.”

So, obviously a Patrick Reed-Rory McIlroy finals showdown has to be at the top of golf fans’ wish list this week.

Other matchups you have to be itching for:

  • Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth could meet in the quarterfinals
  • Rory McIlroy could meet Sergio Garcia in the quarterfinals
  • Jason Day could meet Phil Mickelson in the round of 16

The Ryder Cup is known for its excessive celebrations because of the camaraderie that’s formed in a competition of this nature. Will the WGC-Dell Match Play get this rowdy?