Rory McIlroy in tears as his Ryder Cup comes to an end: ‘I should’ve done more’


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Rory McIlroy was in an emotional state as his Ryder Cup came to an end (Picture: Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy fought back tears as he bemoaned a ‘tough week’ at the Ryder Cup, saying: ‘I love my team-mates so much and I should’ve done more for them this week.’

McIlroy had just finished his participation in this year’s event with an impressive 3&2 victory in the singles over Xander Schauffele, however, it had been a very poor two days for the Northern Irishman beforehand.

The 32-year-old lost out on Friday in the foursomes alongside Ian Poulter and the fourballs with Shane Lowry. He was back in action on Saturday in the afternoon fourballs alongside Poulter again, but the pair were comfortably beaten once more.

He made a contribution on Sunday, but it came as Europe were sliding to a heavy defeat at Whistling Straits and McIlroy was choking up after putting his clubs away, feeling like he had let his teammates down.

‘I love being a part of this team. I love my team-mates so much and I should’ve done more for them this week,’ McIlroy told Sky Sports.

‘I’m glad I put a point on the board for Europe today but I can’t wait to get another shot at this.

‘It is the by far the best experience in golf and I hope little boys and girld watching this today aspire to play in this or the Solhim Cup because there’s nothing better than being part of a team.


‘Especially the bond that we have in Europe and no matter what happens after this I’m proud of every single one of those players, our captain and vice captains.

‘I wish I could have done a little more for the team. I’m glad I got a point on the board today, but it’s been a tough week.’

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McIlroy had a really poor time of it in partnership with Ian Poulter (Picture: Getty Images)

USA went into the singles on Sunday needing just 3 and 1/2 points to get over the line, so while McIlroy was first out and won his match, it was never likely to be enough and as he spoke the Americans were closing in on victory.

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