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Rory McIlroy hailed “class act” as he receives Spiranac support after Ryder Cup

An emotional Rory McIlroy was unable to hold back the tears during Europe’s chastening defeat against a formidable American side at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin

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European golf star Rory McIlroy has been branded a “class act” by former professional golfer Paige Spiranac following Europe’s heavy defeat against USA at the 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup.

Team USA controlled proceedings in Wisconsin from start to finish across the three days, as they failed to lose a single session after winning four and drawing one to cruise to a record breaking 19-9 victory over their European rivals.

One man on the receiving end of the American demolition was McIlroy, who lost three games on the bounce across Friday and Saturday, before rescuing some pride in the final day singles with an impressive 3&2 win over Olympic champion Xander Schauffele.



Rory McIlroy fought back the tears after his singles victory at the Ryder Cup
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Following his first point of the week, the Northern Irishman was unable to hold back his emotions as he broke down in tears during his post-round interview and apologised to his team-mates for his performances over the first two days.

McIlroy, Europe’s star player alongside world No 1 Jon Rahm, said: “I love my team-mates so much and I should have done more for them this week. I am glad I put a point on the board for Europe today but I just can’t wait to get another shot at this.”









Following his heartfelt evaluation of the week, a number of golf’s biggest names turned to support the four-time major winner – including former Ladies European Tour pro Spiranac, who took to Twitter and put her US allegiances aside in backing McIlroy.

She tweeted: “We don’t deserve Rory. What a class act.”

After her retirement from professional golf in 2016, the 28-year-old has sprung to fame in recent years by becoming one of the most popular social media personalities in the sport, with over three million followers on Instagram and just under 500,000 on Twitter.



Paige Spiranac showed her support for McIlroy after his Ryder Cup heartache
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A number of those 500,000 were also quick to praise McIlroy alongside Spiranac following a whole host of replies to the former pro golfer’s tweet.

One fan replied: “Yes he truly is one of the best out there. His emotion and passion is amazing. But his support for his teammates and friends is even greater.”

Another added: “Amazing interview. Rory is the best you could tell how much he felt like he let his team down this weekend.”

McIlroy was not the only one reduced to tears within the European camp during their post-round interview, as veterans Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter also showed their emotions in what could well be their final ever appearance as players at the event.


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