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Rory McIlroy: Sergio Garcia and I needed Ryder Cup half point

Rory McIlroy underlined the importance of the half that he and Sergio Garcia managed to salvage in the foursomes at the Ryder Cup on Friday.

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The European pair endured a mixed day overall as their inconsistent form led to a fourballs loss to Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the first session.

And they seemed on course for another defeat after trailing by two with three holes remaining against Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler at Gleneagles.

However, McIlroy and Garcia produced a trio of birdies to snatch a valuable half that had looked unlikely.

"We needed it, we really did. We were making life difficult for ourselves out there," the Northern Irishman said.

"I don't think either of us was playing from the fairways very much. We were three under for the last three holes.

"We just wanted to ask them a question and get them going and we were able to do that. We played two really tough matches and we have half a point to show for it."

Garcia, who rescued McIlroy's tee shot from the rough to set up an eagle opportunity at the last, was also under no illusions as to how important the half point was.

"We knew we weren't playing good," the Spaniard explained.

"We fought as hard as we could. Half a point is just huge."

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