Shane Lowry was in tears following Team Europe's 19-9 defeat in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on Sunday.
The Offaly man, who went out second in the singles matches on Sunday, lost 4&2 to Team USA's Patrick Cantlay.
It was a massive comedown from the highs of Saturday, which saw Lowry hole a putt on the 18th as he and Tyrrell Hatton defeated Tony Finau and Harry English in the afternoon fourballs.
Shane Lowry in tears after Ryder Cup defeat
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"I spent years trying to make a Ryder Cup team and I got here this week and didn't know what to expect," Lowry said on Sunday.
"I have probably done something that I only could have dreamed of. I won The Open by six shots in my home country and this week is by far the best week of my golfing career.
"To be able to share the team room with these boys, to be able to play for Paddy, it's just been so special. I said to the lads last night, I'm having the time of my life and we're six points behind. What's it going to be like when we're leading?
"No matter how long I play, for the rest of my career, I'll want be to be part of this team. You just form a special bond with people. There's just something there that we'll always have.
"I had a great moment on the 18th green yesterday and tried to do my bit for the team. We came up obviously a long way short but it's just been an incredible experience and something that I'll remember for the rest of my life."