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Ryder Cup Europe captain Darren Clarke faultless: Rory McIlroy

By Graham Luney

Rory McIlroy leapt to the defence of European captain Darren Clarke after the United States stormed to Ryder Cup glory.

America grasped the trophy for the first time since 2008 and afterwards a disappointed Clarke said he had no regrets but there will inevitably be some criticism aimed in the direction of the Dungannon man, with his selection of Lee Westwood as a wildcard pick raising a few eyebrows.

McIlroy, however, was proud of his fellow Ulsterman and preferred to praise the United States team, who produced phenomenal golf to seal a 17-11 victory.

"We came as a great team and we will leave as a great team and there's a lot of lessons to learn going into Paris in two years' time," said the World No.3.

"I think our captain was faultless. I can't say enough about what Darren has done this week. He's been absolutely fantastic and we have also had a great backroom team.

"The players have done really well. We went out and played our hearts out and this week it just wasn't enough.

"It is odd to be on the losing team and it's a strange feeling I haven't had before but all you can do is give credit to the winning team and they played great golf all week.

"We put up the best fight that we could but it just wasn't enough."

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