Rory McIlroy tearfully apologises for ‘not doing more’ for his Ryder Cup team-mates


Tearful Rory McIlroy breaks down as Europe crash to their worst EVER Ryder Cup defeat, with the Northern Irishman apologising for ‘not doing more’ for his team-mates during the ‘best experience in golf’


A tearful Rory McIlroy apologised to his team-mates after Europe suffered their worst-ever Ryder Cup defeat.

Despite the Northern Irishman taking the first point on the final day, the Americans cruised to a thumping 19-9 victory in a lopsided finish on the shores of Lake Michigan.

McIlroy endured a wretched tournament and his 3&2 win over Xander Schauffele was far too little, too late as the hosts prised back the Cup with seven matches to spare.

An emotional Rory McIlroy admitted he had performed below his best at this year’s Ryder Cup

The 32-year-old hoped the spectacle would encourage boys and girls to take up the sport

The 32-year-old hoped the spectacle would encourage boys and girls to take up the sport

Initially unable to speak as he walked off the 18th, an emotional McIlroy eventually managed to gather himself. ‘I just… I love being a part of this team,’ he said, voice trembling. 

‘I love my team-mates so much and I should have done more for them this week. I’m glad I put a point on the board today, but I just can’t wait to get another shot at this.’

Europe needed a last day turnaround even greater than the Miracle at Medinah, which saw them come back from 10-6 down in 2012.

But it was more like the Walloping at Whistling, as moments after McIlroy’s success Patrick Cantlay, then Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau put the USA 14-6 up, with Collin Morikawa getting them to the magical 14.5 mark.

Pausing again to choke back tears, a devastated McIlroy added: ‘It is by far the best experience in golf and I hope little boys and girls watching today aspire to play in this or the Solheim Cup because there’s nothing better than being part of a team — especially with the bond we have in Europe.

‘No matter what happens after this, I am proud of every single one of the players that played this week, I am proud of our captain and vice-captains. I just wish I could have done a little more for the team. It has been a tough week.’

McIlroy added that he was not ashamed to cry. ‘I’ve never cried about what I’ve done as an individual,’ he added. ‘I don’t give a ****.’ 

McIlroy won his Sunday's singles match to end a tough personal week on a positive note

McIlroy won his Sunday’s singles match to end a tough personal week on a positive note

US coach Steve Stricker, fighting back tears for very different reasons, said: ‘Brooks (Koepka) and Bryson (DeChambeau) wanted to play together — that’s how much it came together. That shows a lot about this whole team. This is a new era for USA golf.’

The relentless Americans raced into a 3-1 lead on Friday and never lost control of a one-sided contest. Over a miserable 43rd instalment of the fabled rivalry, Spanish pairing Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were one of the few bright spots for Padraig Harrington’s hopelessly outclassed Europeans. 

The Irish captain may be quizzed over his team selection but the gulf between the sides was far too great.

But Padraig Harrington's selection will be scrutinised as the USA strolled to an easy victory

But Padraig Harrington’s selection will be scrutinised as the USA strolled to an easy victory

‘I am very comfortable with the decisions all along,’ said Harrington. ‘It’s a small consolation that I’m very happy with all my decisions. It’s just the way it is.

‘My players did everything I asked. It was always going to be a tall order.’

Before yesterday, the record US win since Europe joined GB and Ireland in 1979 was the 18.5-9.5 success in 1981.

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