Rory McIlroy gave it his best shot but it wasn’t enough to stop the U.S. from winning the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2016 on Sunday.
McIlroy won singles over Xander Schaffele. He also finished with one victory in the four events he took part in during the weekend. McIlroy, clearly upset by his Ryder Cup performances was very emotional.
“I love being a part of this team, I love my teammates so much and I should have done more for them this week,” he said, via Sky Sports. “I am glad that I placed a point for Europe today. But I can’t wait until I get another chance at it.
” It is the most enjoyable experience of golf. I hope that the young men and women who are watching it today, will want to participate in the Solheim Cup or other similar events. There’s nothing like being part of a group, particularly with the bonds we share in Europe.
” No matter what, I am proud of all our players this week. Our captain and vice-captains are both very proud. I wish I had done more to help the team. This has been an extremely difficult week. “
McIlroy and Ian Poulter lost 5 and 3 to Patrick Cantlay and Schauffele in Friday’s foursomes. In the fourth-ball competition later that day, he and Shane Lowry were defeated by Tony Finau
and Harris English (3 and 4). McIlroy & Poulter lost to Collin Morikawa & Dustin Johnson on Saturday.
” I’m just so proud to have been a part this team and to be a friend of these guys. It’s been a wonderful time. McIlroy said, “It looks like things are not going the way that we wanted on the golf course. And I’ve been very disappointed that it hasn’t pan out for us.
Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy watches his shot on the 15th hole during a Ryder Cup singles match at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
“I don’t think there’s any greater privilege to be a part of one of these teams, European or American. This is an incredible privilege. This has been a privilege six times.
” I have not cried over the things that I’ve done. It was impossible to give an s–. This team and the experience it is to be part of this team. To see Sergio Garcia break records. To see Jon Rahm become his own. And to watch Shane Lowry make his Ryder Cup debut. “
Morikawa clinched at least a half point that gave the U.S. the 14.5 points it needed to win the Ryder Cup.