Daily Sports Smile: Rory McIlroy shares inspirational message in emotional Ryder Cup interview

Team Europe player Rory McIlroy hands off his putter to caddie Harry Diamond.
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Rory McIlroy shared his raw emotions after finishing his Ryder Cup match against Xander Schauffele on Sunday. After defeating Schauffele 3&2 to give Europe a point in the overall competition, McIlroy couldn’t hold back tears in a post-match interview.

"I am incredibly proud to be a part of this team," McIlroy said. "To be a teammate of all these guys, the captains and vice-captains, we’ve had a great time. 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 am glad that I got a point on the board today for them. “It’s been a tough week and the more I play in this event, I realize that it is the best event in golf."

McIlroy burst onto the professional scene in 2007.  He has 19 PGA Tour victories and won the Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship in his career.

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His ability to excel with iron play endears him to golf fans. McIlroy did not play his best at the Ryder Cup, but he still shared an inspirational message about his experience.

“I don’t think there is any greater privilege to be a part of one of these teams, European or American, it is an absolute privilege,” McIlroy said. “I’ve gotten to do this six times and they have always been the greatest experiences of my career.”

Several golf evaluators were moved by his comments. Celebrities like Piers Morgan also weighed in on the heartwarming moment. 

The United States took home the 43rd Ryder Cup in convincing fashion. While Europe did not win, McIlroy showed that representing for your country is what it’s all about.