Rory McIlroy salvaged some personal pride when he won a point for Europe after finally claiming a point against Xander Schauffele.
The Northern Irishman has endured one of the toughest weeks in his career as he and Ian Poulter were twice beaten convincingly.
It led to McIlroy being dropped for the first time in his Ryder Cup career but he still was first out for Europe on Sunday.
European captain Padraig Harrington expected his team to charge but all he got was a stampede from the merciless Americans.
McIlroy managed to salvage one personal positive from the week after he beat Schauffele 3&2.
"I love my team-mates so much and I should've done more for them this week."— Sky Sports Ryder Cup (@SkySportsGolf) September 26, 2021
An emotional Rory McIlroy reflects on ending his #RyderCup by winning a point for #TeamEurope in the Sunday singles. pic.twitter.com/3p7GY2bYJf
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And speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, a choked up McIlroy had to pause and compose himself before being reduced to tears.
His lip quivering, McIlroy admitted he should have done more for the side this week.
He told Sky Sports' golf correspondant Henni Koyack: "I love being apart of this team. I love my team mates so much."
McIlroy held his head in his hands before he added: "I should have done more for them this week."
And now his emotional response has drawn sympathy from the golf world.
Here is how social media reacted to a desperately sad McIlroy.
Great champions never quit. They fight fight fight until the end. Rory McIlroy had a poor Ryder Cup by his standards but stood tall today & won his singles match. Yet all he cared about was his team & how he wished he’d done more.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 26, 2021
Proud of you @McIlroyRory pic.twitter.com/ykB7AcMSSK
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 26, 2021
I don’t believe athletes need to role models. It’s not their job. But Rory McIlroy just simply is. And that’s why he is so great.— Amanda Rose (@amandagolf59) September 26, 2021
Rory McIlroy, you are a champion and a gentlemen.— bunkered (@BunkeredOnline) September 26, 2021
This sport is lucky to have you.
That @McIlroyRory interview hit me hard. So proud of all these boys— Mel Reid (@melreidgolf) September 26, 2021
Rory McIlroy is the person who can change Europe’s fortunes in the future. The guy has a heart bigger than Lake Michigan and every golf fan in the world loves you @McIlroyRory #RyderCup2020— Dan Savage (@DanNorthernGolf) September 26, 2021