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But when it comes to the golf course, McIlroy said jokingly the friendship would go out the window should that encounter take place.

“He is going to try and beat my brains out. I know that,” McIlroy said. “I’m trying to do the same.”

He says he’s accustomed to others’ expectations of him winning every tournament he enters.

“I’ve always had high expectations of myself, and every time I come into a tournament, I want to feel like I have a chance to win,” McIlroy said. “And if people think I have more of a chance to win than anyone else, that’s fine, but I know that I’m going to have to play really good golf this week to have a chance.”