Rory McIlroy Gives Emotional Interview on 2021 Ryder Cup: 'It's Been a Tough Week'

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 26, 2021

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)
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Rory McIlroy gave an emotional interview following his 3 and 2 singles win over Xander Schauffele on Sunday during Ryder Cup play.

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"I'm incredibly proud to be part of this team, to be a teammate of all these guys, the captain, the vice captains," McIlroy said in part:

"We've had a great time. You know, it looks like it's not going to pan out the way we want on the golf course. I've been extremely disappointed I haven't contributed more for the team. I'm glad I got a point on the board today for them, but it's been a tough week.
"The more and more I play in this event, I realize that it's the best event in golf, bar none. And I love being a part of it, I ca't wait to be a part of many more, yea, it's the best."

It's been a tough tournament for Team Europe, which trailed Team USA 11-5 going into the final day of play from Whistling Straits Golf Course in Haven, Wisconsin.

Team USA ultimately clinched a Ryder Cup victory later Sunday after Collin Morikawa guaranteed Team USA would at least halve his singles match against Viktor Hovland following this putt on No. 17:

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McIlroy was exceptional Sunday during his singles victory, with the putter notably being on point:

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With a point to prove, <a href="https://twitter.com/McIlroyRory?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@McIlroyRory</a> came out fighting. <br><br>3UP through 15, he gains a 23.66% win probability ๐Ÿ“ˆ<a href="https://twitter.com/bp_America?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bp_America</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RyderCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RyderCup</a> <a href="https://t.co/cYT2kSKkUU">pic.twitter.com/cYT2kSKkUU</a>

But as he noted, there were some struggles beforehand. The four-time major winner notably lost Friday morning foursomes, Friday afternoon four-ball and Saturday afternoon four-ball to go 0-3 entering Saturday.

The rest of Team Europe largely struggled outside the pairing of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, which won Friday and Saturday morning foursomes.

Still, it was clear how much this tournament meant to all the players, who showcased their emotion all week.

Shane Lowry was notably exuberant following a Saturday win:

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Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger even chugged some beers:

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The fans were also great all week, which is typically the case for Ryder Cups:

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This year's Ryder Cup was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but it was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Team USA's victory marks its second in three tries, with the last one occurring in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.