Rory McIlroy says he was “shocked” by his emotional response to his disappointing Ryder Cup efficiency.
The four-time main winner broke down in tears after beating Xander Schauffele in his singles match.
The Northern Irishman misplaced all three of his different matches as america regained the cup with a document 19-9 victory over Europe in Wisconsin.
“I do not essentially get emotional about golf, so I assume in that manner it shocked me,” mentioned McIlroy, 32.
After beating Schauffele within the prime singles match, a tearful McIlroy mentioned he “ought to have performed extra” for his team-mates having endured a deeply dispiriting week towards a robust US workforce.
McIlroy and Ian Poulter misplaced in each foursomes and fourballs whereas the Northern Irishman was out-of-sorts when paired with Shane Lowry in Friday’s fourballs as they misplaced 4&3 to Tony Finau and Harris English.
McIlroy was dropped by captain Padraig Harrington for the Saturday morning foursomes, the primary time he had missed a session in six Ryder Cup appearances.
“I believe it was a superb factor for me,” added the world quantity 14, reflecting on his “emotionally charged week”.
“I believe possibly I realised a few issues about myself that I hadn’t recognized, or possibly I had recognized however I used to be making an attempt to maintain down and never allow them to out.
“I used to be shocked at how emotional I acquired, however after a little bit little bit of reflection over the past couple of weeks, I kind of realised why I did get that manner.”
‘I believe once I play my greatest, I am one of the best participant on this planet’
McIlroy is certainly one of eight European Ryder Cup gamers in motion on the CJ Cup in Las Vegas this week in a robust area headlined by world quantity two Dustin Johnson.
Nonetheless, whereas McIlroy could have his work reduce out if he’s to begin his 2021-22 PGA Tour season with a win, he believes no one can beat him when he is working on the peak of his powers.
“I believe once I play my greatest, I am one of the best participant on this planet,” he mentioned.
“I have never performed like that for some time, however I do not really feel like I’ve to go that far again to each time the pandemic hit, I used to be primary on this planet.
“Clearly the final 18 months have not been what I’ve needed them to be, however when you maintain it in perspective, I am not that distant.
“And there is a ton of nice gamers now that play clearly actually, actually good golf. I really feel just like the expertise pool is simply getting deeper and deeper yearly, so it’s important to attempt to maintain making an attempt to get higher to remain the place you need to keep.”