Rory McIlroy admits Team Europe wanted Ryder Cup revenge over Team USA after they were thrashed at Whistling Straits two years ago.
The Americans recorded a dominant 19-9 victory on home soil in 2021 but the European team came roaring back this year to win 16.5-11.5 in Rome on Sunday.
The result means that Team USA’s long wait to win the Ryder Cup on European soil goes on, with their last triumph on this side of the Atlantic coming in 1993.
Superstar golfer McIlroy, involved in a bust-up with the American team during this year’s tournament, has now shared his thoughts on his team’s victory, admitting that the Europeans were left ‘hurt’ over the result two years ago.
‘I am so proud to be part of this team,’ the Northern Irishman said. ‘Incredible day, incredible week with all these guys.
‘We were hurting after Whistling Straits and the players on that team wanted to redeem ourselves and prove to the world that is not who we are.
‘We delivered a great performance. Fresh blood came in and they were embraced. We know the future of this team is Bob MacIntrye, Ludvig Aberg, Nicolai Hojgaard.
‘Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm are leaders of the team. I just hope I can play a few more alongside them.
‘I don’t get emotional about any other event apart from this. This is truly the best event in golf bar none.
‘Any boy or girl aspiring to play golf, this is the pinnacle. This is the best and I hope anyone who is a great golfer gets to experience what we are experiencing right now.’
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