"I always consider myself British through and through," he said. "I obviously reaped the benefits of going through the college system over here, it really helped with my golf, and I enjoy living here ... but I grew up my first 19 years in England.
"I've tried to stay true to where I was brought up."
Good to hear, because the European media was feeling a bit touchy on that point.
Euro team members Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Peter Hanson and Graeme McDowell are neighbours in a Florida neighbourhood and one journalist was questioning why Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood had put their European homes on the market in the hopes of moving to Florida as well.
"I never said I was moving to Florida," McIlroy responded, adding that he is selling his Irish property and making his base in the U.S. because keeping his sprawling European estate "doesn't make financial sense."
Same with Westwood, who is moving to a Florida base full-time.
"Just because I'm not going to spend that much time in England and it doesn't make financial sense to keep (a home) in England," he said. "The main problem with living in Worksop is the only time I'm there, or the quality time I'm there, is in the winter and I can't carry on with my job."
RORY A LEADER ON THE COURSE
Rory McIlroy will be content to let his play do the talking this week at Medinah.
The 23-year-old is the world's No. 1 ranked player, but with teammates such as Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, veterans of many Ryder Cups, he is not going to be too vocal in the clubhouse.
Even though he has two major championships under his belt and currently is the best golfer in the world, McIlroy said he will look to the veterans for leadership in the room.
"I think there are leaders on our team that will lead with experience," he said. "I feel like with the way I've played the last couple of years, I don't think my role is a leader in the team room. I think it's more a leader out on the course and trying to lead in that way; try to put points on the board."
It's the burning question that won't go away until the answer is revealed Sunday: Will Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy square off in a singles match?
The 40,000-plus fans on the grounds at Medinah want to see it, the huge TV audience wants to see it and, surely, the media wants to see it. But the Ryder Cup uses a blind draw system and both captains addressed it on Wednesday.
Asked if he would get involved in some backroom dealing with European captain Jose Maria Olazabal to set up the showdown, American captain Davis Love III dismissed the notion.
"I'm sure it's not in the captains' agreement that we don't do that, but I'm sure it's against the spirit of it," Love said.
Love said he's intrigued by a matching format like the one the Presidents Cup uses, but it isn't used at the Ryder Cup, and he's not going to implement it on his own.
"I definitely don't want to be the first one to go cross over into their room and start rigging pairings," Love said, conceding a Woods-McIlroy tilt, "would be fun to watch, that's for sure."
Olazabal, too, took the high road.
"We all have to wait and see what happens," he said. "I know you're eager to see that match, but I think the Ryder Cup is more important than that single match."