Europe will take on the United States in the Ryder Cup in Rome buoyed by an "awesome" week in the BMW PGA Championship, according to Rory McIlroy.

All 12 members of the team made the cut at Wentworth and seven finished in the top 10, with Tyrrell Hatton a runner-up, Jon Rahm fourth, Viktor Hovland fifth, Tommy Fleetwood sixth, while Shane Lowry wound up in a tie for 18th.


McIlroy, who only made the weekend thanks to a birdie on the 18th in near-darkness on Friday evening, carded closing rounds of 67 and 65 to climb into a tie for seventh before heading to Mykonos for a friend's stag do on Monday.

Asked if Europe captain Luke Donald would be pleased with the leaderboard, McIlroy said: "It's awesome. We're in a good spot.

"We had a really good day in Rome on Monday, the team's been shaping up really well for the last couple of months, everyone's been in pretty good form.

"It's still almost two weeks away until the first ball is hit on the Friday morning but I'm sure you'll ask all the boys that are coming in here they are all just so excited to get to Rome and get going."

McIlroy began the final round 10 shots off the lead held by Ryder Cup team-mate Ludvig Aberg but closed to within two after covering his first 15 holes in seven under.

However, the 2014 champion was unable to birdie either the 17th or 18th, both par fives, to put more pressure on the players still out on the course following an 82-minute weather delay.

"Right now, I'm a little disappointed I didn't birdie the last two holes," he told RTÉ Sport's Greg Allen.

"But when you look at the weekend as a whole, to shoot 12 under and go from making the cut to finishing in the top ten, it's a solid two days of golf.

"I said on Friday night that making it to the weekend gave me the opportunity to go out and shoot a couple of good scores and feel a little bit better about where my game is. That's what I've done."

Shane Lowry will also be in action for Team Europe in Rome and after a round of 67 yesterday, appeared to be on his way to another low score but a disastrous 17th hole saw him sign for 9 shots on the par-five to undo most of his good work and he eventually finished on -10.

"I feel that's a very sour way to finish two weeks of my best golf this year," he reflected afterwards to RTÉ Sport.

"I feel like that's how my season has been going; doing well and then a bit of a bad finish on Sunday and you finish 20th."

Additional reporting: PA