Europe’s captain, Luke Donald, has come to the defense of Rory McIlroy following an incident that dominated the end of day two at the Ryder Cup. McIlroy was visibly angry after the celebrations of Joe LaCava, caddie for Patrick Cantlay, at the end of an American fourball win. Donald explained what had angered McIlroy and highlighted the importance of doing things the right way.
“We love this event because of the passion but we want to do it the right way,” Donald said. “Obviously Rory felt like the line was crossed on the 18th green.”
During the match, Cantlay converted a 43ft putt, with McIlroy still waiting to play. McIlroy and his partner, Matt Fitzpatrick, missed their putts, resulting in victory for Cantlay and Wyndham Clark. Donald revealed that Rory had politely asked Joe LaCava to move, as he was in his line of vision. However, LaCava continued to wave his hat, which upset McIlroy.
The incident stemmed from a theme throughout the day, where hats were being waved towards Cantlay. It was suggested that Cantlay was refusing to wear a hat in protest at not being paid to play in the Ryder Cup, which he later denied.
Donald emphasized that while they are all competitors who want to win, it is important to do so in the right way. He commended the European players for standing up for McIlroy’s cause and supporting each other.
Europe currently holds a 10½ to 5½ lead heading into the final day. Donald expressed his satisfaction with their position, stating that they have momentum on their side. While Patrick Cantlay’s great putts flipped a match in favor of the United States, Europe remains positive and confident about their chances in the singles competition at home.
The incident involving McIlroy shows the intensity and passion that the Ryder Cup brings. However, it also serves as a reminder that sportsmanship and respect should always be maintained. As Europe aims to secure victory, camaraderie and unity within the team will remain key to their success.