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Captain concerns about McIlroy-McDowell partnership only about an average record

  • U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson, right, and European Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley shake hands by the trophy at the end of a press conference for the golf tournament in Gleneagles, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.  The U.S. team arrived for the Ryder Cup Monday, with the tournament  starting on Friday.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson, right, and European Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley shake hands by the trophy at the end of a press conference for the golf tournament in Gleneagles, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The U.S. team arrived for the Ryder Cup Monday, with the tournament starting on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Ryder Cup team player Rickie Fowler displays his new USA haircut as he practices on the driving range ahead of the start of the golf tournament in Gleneagles, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.  The U.S. team arrived for the Ryder Cup Monday, with the tournament  starting on Friday.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    U.S. Ryder Cup team player Rickie Fowler displays his new USA haircut as he practices on the driving range ahead of the start of the golf tournament in Gleneagles, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The U.S. team arrived for the Ryder Cup Monday, with the tournament starting on Friday. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Europe's Rory McIlroy, left, and Ian Poulter perform a fist bump as they greet each other on the driving range ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup golf tournament in Gleneagles, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.  The U.S. team arrives for the Ryder Cup Monday, with the tournament  starting on Friday.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Europe's Rory McIlroy, left, and Ian Poulter perform a fist bump as they greet each other on the driving range ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup golf tournament in Gleneagles, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The U.S. team arrives for the Ryder Cup Monday, with the tournament starting on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

A potential split of the Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup is more about their record than their lawsuit.

Both players have made it clear that a lawsuit involving an Irish-based management firm is not an issue at Gleneagles. European captain Paul McGinley is more concerned about their record.

McGinley says the Northern Irish duo has won only two out of the six matches they have played.

He says if he doesn't put them out together against the Americans, it would not stem from any issues off the course. McIlroy is suing Horizon Sports in a lawsuit that involves McDowell.

It was a festive start to the week at Gleneagles. The Americans arrived Monday morning, with Rickie Fowler sporting a haircut with USA on the side of his head.