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Europe's Ryder Cup team unmoved by Phil Mickelson comments

Europe's Ryder Cup team have laughed off Phil Mickelson's jibe regarding Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, according to Martin Kaymer.

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Speaking in a media conference on Wednesday, Mickelson was asked about the team dynamic within the United States team ahead of the event at Gleneagles this weekend.

In reference to the ongoing legal dispute involving Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and the pair's former management company, the experienced Mickelson quipped: "Not only are we able to play together, we also don"t litigate against each other and that"s a real plus."

However, Kaymer explained his team-mates had not paid too much attention to the joke, instead preferring to focus on defending the title they won at Medinah.

"To Phil's comment, it's not really a topic for us. It's one of those things you read it, you laugh about it and that's it," he explained.

"I heard about it yesterday for the first time on the bus but I think at the end of the day, we should just play golf.

"It's fairly simple. If things like this start, it's a little - I don't know if that's necessary."

Kaymer was the hero at Medinah last time out, sinking the winning putt to cap off a remarkable comeback as Europe fought back from 10-6 down on the final day.

The German was also on the winning side at Celtic Manor two years before and, as he targets a third Ryder Cup win from as many attempts, the 29-year-old feels even better placed to cope with the emotions and the crowds at the competition.

"When you're standing here at the Ryder Cup on the first tee - in 2010, it was very intimidating for me," he added.

"It was too much. I couldn't really handle the whole situation - I couldn't use it in a positive way. It was more distracting for my mind to get to know all the crowds.

"In 2012, I had a very nice conversation with Bernhard Langer, and pretty much the moral of the whole talk was: At the end of the day, it's just you, the golf ball and the golf course that you have to play.

"Now it's a little bit different. You can use it to raise your game. I think it's very important that you find a way as quickly as possible to enjoy the Ryder Cup."

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