Golf - Watson wishes McIlroy were on US Ryder Cup side

Golf - Watson wishes McIlroy were on US Ryder Cup side
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. David Cannon/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/DAVID CANNON)

- US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson was pleased about the nine qualifiers who clinched berths on his squad, but admitted Monday he wouldn't mind having top-ranked Rory McIlroy as well.

McIlroy captured his fourth major title Sunday at the PGA Championship, outdueling US stars Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler over the back nine for his second major win in a row after taking last month's British Open.

"I wish he was playing for my team, I can tell you that. He's playing great," Watson said. "I just like the guy a lot. I like his manner. I like the way he plays. He reminds me of me.

"Right now, he's driving the ball better than anybody in the game. When you have the confidence in the driver that he has and the ability to hit the ball far, the game is easy. He knows it and everybody else knows it."