earful Rory McIlroy ‘should have done more’ as Europe
Rory McIlroy was overcome with emotion after defeating Xander Schauffele in their Ryder Cup singles match on Sunday
, admitting that he “could have done more” as his European side suffered a record-breaking loss to the United States.
McIlroy’s win against the 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medallist was his lone point over the three days,
and it halted a string of five consecutive Ryder Cup losses.
The Northern Irishman was in tears when he realized the terrible position his side was in after leading Europe on a critical final day and earning what could’ve been a decisive point as they attempted to make a comeback.
“I like being a member of this group.
I adore my teammates and regret not doing more for them “‘ I told Sky Sports,’ he said.
“I’m happy I earned a point for Europe, but I’m already looking forward to another chance.
I’ve never wept or moved by anything I’ve done as an individual.
I’ve said some naïve and stupid things in the past, but this is by far the most important golf event we have.”
On Sunday, the United States reclaimed the Ryder Cup,
winning 19-9, breaking the record for the largest victory margin in the tournament’s 94-year history.
McIlroy, a four-time major champion, struggled on the opening two days at Whistling Straits,
losing all three of his matches.
He was left out of the morning foursomes on Saturday,
the first time he has missed a Ryder Cup session.
However, after being selected to lead Europe out on the crucial final day,
McIlroy returned to form, brilliantly defeating one of the greatest players in the world at the time.
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However, when asked what the singles win meant to him shortly thereafter,
and after a brief glance at a nearby leaderboard informing him of Europe’s precarious situation — McIlroy sobbed as he described what the event meant to him.
“You take a glance around at the people.
When you consider what it implies, it is the finest “he stated, “I can’t wait to be a part of many more Ryder Cups, to play alongside some of these incredible players,
and to attempt to win many more.” It is by far the greatest golf experience,
and I hope that the young men and women who are watching today aspire to participate in this tournament, or the Solheim Cup,
because there is nothing like being a part of a team, particularly with the connection that we have in Europe.
“Whatever happens next, I’m proud of each and every one of our guys this week.
I’m pleased with our captain and vice-captains,
and I just wish I could have helped the squad a bit more. It’s been a challenging week.”
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