Rory McIlroy insists he is taking talk of being a "marked man" as a huge compliment and will happily accept the challenge of being targeted by the American team.
Much of the pre-match comment ahead of this week's Ryder Cup has focused on the Northern Irishman and how defeating him could prove the key for a US victory.
But while he does not buy into such thinking, McIlroy claims he will relish any assignment that comes his way and will be focusing on producing his best for the European team.
"This week I'm not the number one player in the world," McIlroy said on Wednesday. "I'm one person in a 12-man team and that's it.
"It's a team effort. There's 12 guys striving towards the same goal. I'm just part of that.
"I don't think I have a bullseye on my back. I think it's a huge compliment that people are saying they want to beat me and whatever.
"Whoever wants to take me on, they can take me on.
"I just want to go out and get a point for the team and whether that's going out first or fourth or in the middle really doesn't make a difference to me.
"And it doesn't make a difference who I play. I'm going to go out there and give it my best to win that point."
Yet there is no doubt many Americans feel that if they can bring down the 23-year-old Northern Irishman - three wins in his last five starts, including his second major - then they will be a long way towards winning back the trophy.
Jim Furyk said last week "obviously he's a marked man. Right now he's the present day Tiger Woods where everyone's eyes are on him."
Change of dynamic
And winning 2010 captain Paul Azinger stated: "He can slump his shoulders. If he loses two matches that first day the whole dynamic in the European team room changes.
"I think Europe have always looked for Tiger and he's been easy to find. We always used to look for Seve Ballesteros."
McIlroy, who had one win, two halves and one loss on his cup debut two years ago, is expected to partner compatriot Graeme McDowell again. They were together in practice for the second day running today.
Given his recent form and his position in the game it would be a huge surprise if European captain Jose Maria Olazabal rests McIlroy from a session.
But on that topic, the USPGA champion added: "I want to play as much as I can. I want to help the team out as much as I can - I feel I can do that.
"I'd also be very comfortable if he wanted to rest me or leave me out one or two of the sessions."
Woods has never been benched in six appearances, even though he lost twice on the opening day in 1999 and again in 2004. The latter occasion was when he and arch rival Phil Mickelson were paired, but it backfired horribly.
McIlroy, of course, is playing a Ryder Cup in America for the first time.
Nobody knows yet just how rowdy it will be, but McIlroy was also asked how he would react if somebody heckled him.
"There's not much you can do," he continued. "Emotions run high here and obviously the majority of the crowd are going to be pulling for the American team.
"You've just got to get on with it. Hopefully I won't get heckled, but if I do then you've just got to stay calm and be focused on the golf."
On whether he had ever experienced heckling he smiled and replied: "Just because of my haircut - nothing insulting!"