Emotional Rory McIlroy breaks down in Ryder Cup interview: ‘I’m disappointed I didn’t contribute more’

An emotional Rory McIlroy lamented his Ryder Cup performance following his singles match victory against Xander Schauffele on Sunday.

McIlroy earned his first Ryder Cup point for Team Europe on Sunday with his 3 and 2 victory over Schauffele, bringing the score to 11-6 in favor of Team USA. Prior to that, he lost each of his three previous matches during the 2021 competition: McIlroy lost 5 and 3 in foursomes with partner Ian Poulter on Friday, then 4 and 3 in four-ball with Shane Lowry later in the day. He and Poulter lost 4 and 3 on Saturday in four-ball.

McIlroy’s 1-3-0 record wasn’t nearly good enough to help Team Europe retain the Ryder Cup after winning it in 2018. That clearly influenced his emotions, as McIlroy didn’t mince words about his performance and what the Ryder Cup means to him.

“I’ve gotten to do this six times,” McIlroy said. “They’ve always been my greatest experiences of my career. I’ve never really cried or got emotional over what I’ve done as an individual. I couldn’t give a s—t. But this team. …

“As I said, I’m disappointed I didn’t contribute more this week. But you know, in two years’ time we’ll go again. … Obviously it’s not over yet, but we’ll go again.”

McIlroy’s one point in 2021 was his lowest career score after putting up two points in 2010; three points in 2012, ’14 and ’16; and two points in 2018. Those performances helped Team Europe to victories 2010-14 and 2018.

If Team USA retains its lead in the final matches of the 2021 Ryder Cup, McIlroy’s Ryder Cup record will drop to 4-2 all time.

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