It's never too early for a little trash talk.
The opening shot of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine is still several days away, but the Americans and Europeans are already sparring over which team has the upper hand heading into the competition.
Earlier this week, U.S. captain Davis Love III lavished praise on his squad, bragging that "this is the best golf team, maybe, ever assembled."
World No. 3 Rory McIlroy, a veteran of three victorious European Ryder Cup teams, doesn't sound so impressed. Asked what he thought about Love’s comments, the four-time major winner cracked a smile and delivered a clever retort.
"Definitely assembled the best task force ever, that's for sure," McIlroy told Golf Channel. "Look, it's a great team. They have a lot of very talented players in there. They're obviously quite confident. So you know what, it's up to us to go there and try to upset the odds."
First point goes to Europe.