Rory McIlroy gunning for match-play contest with Patrick Reed

Reed beat the Northern Irishman at the Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy gunning for match-play contest with Patrick Reed

Rory McIlroy celebrates winning The Irish Open. Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Rory McIlroy is looking forward to the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play this week as it brings a different challenge from regular Tour events.

Speaking to the europeantour.com, McIlroy said: "I'm too proud to be beaten. I won't let anyone get up on me. I sort of think too much of myself to let anyone do that to me.

"So that's why I've always enjoyed match play because if you do get yourself into a bit of a dogfight out there, it's something I've always quite enjoyed."

McIlroy has been grouped with Gary Woodland, Soren Kjeldsen and Emiliano Grillo but there's a certain American he hopes to meet later in the tournament.

The last time he played match play he lost in the Ryder Cup against Patrick Reed and hopes to meet him this week, saying: "There is some unfinished business there that I would like to clear up but we'll see what happens.

"He's played well in match play, especially in the Ryder Cup. So if it came to that and we were to face each other on Saturday or Sunday that would be awesome. Something I'd really look forward to, to try to beat him and beat him by more than one hole, just so I have a little bit of an edge. It's sort of the way it is," he added.

Reed has been drawn in the same group as Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner and Jason Dufner.