Ryder Cup: Rory McIlroy in tears as he says “I should have done more” to help Europe | Golf News

Rory McIlroy’s emotions got the better of him as he explained he felt he had let his team-mates down as Europe slid towards a record-breaking Ryder Cup defeat at Whistling Straits.

Last Updated: 26/09/21 9:16pm


An emotional Rory McIlroy struggled to hold back tears as he reflected on his Ryder Cup performance and singles victory over Xander Schauffele

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An emotional Rory McIlroy struggled to hold back tears as he reflected on his Ryder Cup performance and singles victory over Xander Schauffele

An emotional Rory McIlroy struggled to hold back tears as he reflected on his Ryder Cup performance and singles victory over Xander Schauffele

Rory McIlroy could not hold back the tears as he reflected on his disappointing performance at this week’s Ryder Cup, although he was relieved to end a run of five straight defeats in his singles match.

McIlroy was woefully out of form over the first two days and suffered heavy defeats in his three matches, two of them alongside Ian Poulter and one with Shane Lowry on day one at Whistling Straits – with each lasting no longer than 15 holes.

McIlroy was highly emotional as he spoke to Sky Sports after his match

McIlroy was highly emotional as he spoke to Sky Sports after his match

He was left out of the Saturday morning foursomes, the first session he has missed in his Ryder Cup career, but he ended a bad week on a high note with a spirited 3&2 victory over Xander Schauffele in the top singles match on Sunday.

But as he prepared for his post-match interview with Sky Sports, a glance at the leaderboard showed the scale of the humiliating defeat Europe were facing, with Team USA ahead in nine of the remaining matches at that time and on course for a record-smashing win.

McIlroy’s composure deserted him as he struggled to gather himself to speak to on-course reporter Henni Koyack, and his initial thoughts were how he felt he had let his team-mates down with his performance.

McIlroy was winless over the first two days, including two defeats with Ian Poulter

McIlroy was winless over the first two days, including two defeats with Ian Poulter

“I love being a part of this team, I love my team-mates so much, and I should have done more for them this week,” said a highly-emotional McIlroy. “I’m glad I put a point on the board for Europe today, but I just can’t wait to get another shot at this.

“It is by far the best experience in golf, and I hope the boys and girls watching this today will aspire to play in this event, or the Solheim Cup, because there’s nothing better than being a part of a team, especially with the bond that we have in Europe.

“No matter what happens after this, I’m proud of every one of our players this week. I’m proud of our captain, our vice-captains, and I just wish I could have done a little more for the team. It’s been a tough week.”

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