McIlroy, who endured a disastrous week at Whistling Straits, couldn't quell his emotions as he apologised to his teammates.
McIlroy went into the final day of the event winless, but facing Xander Schauffele in the singles, he managed to pull off a 3&2 win. Despite his win, the European team went on to lose by a record margin.
The magnitude of this defeat and the importance of this team event was seen in McIlroy’s heartbreaking interview.
The 32-year-old said, “I should have done more for them [my team-mates] this week.”
"I'm glad I put a point on the board but I can't wait to get another shot at this.”
Furthermore, he said: "No matter what happens I'm proud of every player, our captain and vice-captains. I wish I could have given more. I'm glad I got a point but it's been a tough week."
While apologizing for his performance, he also went on to encourage the next generation of Golf with an emotional appeal.
"It is by far the best experience in golf and I hope little boys and girls watching this today aspire to play in the event or the Solheim Cup because there's nothing better than being part of a team”, said McIlroy.
His emotional interview gained much appreciation amongst the fans. One fan states: “Rory McIlroy, you are a champion and a gentleman. This sport is lucky to have you. While another said: "And that's why we root for Rory McIlroy."
The Northern Irishman, who has a million-dollar endorsement for Nike, couldn’t hold back his emotions in a second interview that he gave following his match.
He said: “I've never really cried or got emotional over what I've done as an individual - I couldn't give a s***.
"But this team, and what it feels to be a part of - to see Sergio [Garcia] break records, to see John [Rahm] come into his own this week, to see one of my best friends Shane Lowry make his Ryder Cup debut, all that is phenomenal.
"I'm so happy to be a part of it but I'm disappointed I didn't contribute more this week. But in two years we'll give it another go.”
Upon controlling his emotions McIlroy humbly said "I'm sorry for swearing just then as well!"News Now - Sport News