Europe have endured a torrid Ryder Cup, with USA dominating from start to finish at Whistling Straits to secure a record-margin victory in the prestigious tournament
Rory McIlroy was fighting back the tears as he finally got his first point on the board at the Ryder Cup against USA, who have humiliated Europe this week.
McIlroy has endured a rather wretched time at Whistling Straits, losing all three matches he was involved in, and rather convincingly, before Sunday’s singles contests.
However, he finally put his bad form behind him with a brilliant victory over the in-form American rookie Xander Schauffele on the final day – winning 3&2.
And after his win next to the 16th green, McIlroy was visibly emotional as he spoke to Sky Sports to reflect on what has been a disappointing week.
McIlroy, who was struggling to finish his sentences, said: “I love being part of this team, I love my team-mates and I should have done more for them this week.
“I am glad to get a point on the board today, I just can’t wait to get another shot at this.”
Steve Stricker’s men have dominated from the outset in Wisconsin, having been desperate to exact revenge on their European rivals following their recent Ryder Cup woes.
The Americans have lost nine of the last 12 editions, but they never looked in trouble at Whistling Straits this week.
The hosts possess eight of the world’s top 10 players, and it has clearly showed, with the likes of Dustin Johnson and rookie Collin Morikawa – who is one of six – starring throughout the three days.
On Sunday, it was almost a case of damage limitation for Europe with Padraig Harrington’s squad of 12 trailing 11-5.
The home camp required just three and a half points to reclaim the Ryder Cup, and there was never any doubt on the final day.
The Americans were riding a wave of momentum on Sunday, and despite McIlroy’s singles win, there were red points across the board.
Collin Morikawa eventually sealed Ryder Cup glory for USA after halving his match with Viktor Hovland.
Europe had been hoping to put some respect on the scoreline, but the US juggernaut kept coming.
The visitors were eventually consigned to a record-breaking Ryder Cup defeat in the modern era – going down 19-9.