Ryder Cup: More to team than Rory McIlroy - Jamie Donaldson
Welshman Jamie Donaldson says there is more to the European Ryder Cup team than world number one Rory McIlroy.
Northern Ireland's McIlroy is a four-time major champion after winning the Open and US PGA Championship this year.
But Ryder Cup debutant Donaldson says the Europeans will need a team effort to beat the USA at Gleneagles at the end of September.
"The guy is a class act but there are a lot of great players in our team," said the 38-year-old.
"It's a massive team week so everyone has got to gel well as a team and come together.
"It's not just about individuals.
|Jamie Donaldson on the USA|
|"Their team will be strong no matter who is playing in it."There can't be any room for complacency."|
"Everyone is going out there to try and win as many points as they can."
The Ryder Cup takes place at Gleneagles in Scotland from 26-28 September.
Donaldson secured his place in Paul McGinley's team by winning the Czech Masters in Prague in August.
The 38-year-old will become the first Welshman to play in the event since Phillip Price helped Europe to victory in 2002.
|Europe's Ryder Cup team|
|Qualified automatically via European points list: Rory McIlroy (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)|
|Qualified automatically via World points list: Sergio Garcia (Spa), Justin Rose (Eng), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Graeme McDowell (NI)|
|Wildcard picks: Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Ian Poulter (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng)|
Donaldson says Europe are perhaps favourites "on paper" to beat the USA, who are without 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, but says winning will require "team spirit and good captaincy".
"Their team will be strong no matter who is playing in it," said the Pontypridd-born golfer.
"I don't think it matters who are favourites, there can't be any room for complacency.
"The team has got to go out and play well."