Mcllroy brands Cantlay a 'd***' and opens up on Ryder Cup row

Rory Mcllroy brands Patrick Cantlay a d*** and reveals Tiger Woods reached out following heated Ryder Cup spat with his former caddie Joe LaCava

  • Patrick Cantlay’s caddie Joe LaCava sparked a Ryder Cup row with Rory McIlroy 
  • The Northern Irishman opened up on the parking lot spat at this year’s match
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Rory Mcllroy didn’t hold back while discussing fellow golfer Patrick Cantlay, branding the American player a d***.

Mcllroy also shed new light on his Ryder Cup row involving Cantlay’s caddie, Joe LaCava, which resulted in the Northern Irishman shouting expletives and being restrained in the parking lot.

‘Here’s what angered me,’ McIlroy told the Irish Independent. ‘My relationship with Cantlay is average at best. ‘We don’t have a ton in common and see the world quite differently.’

‘And they’re trying to defuse the situation, but I start having a go at them,’ McIlroy added.

‘Joe LaCava used to be a nice guy when he was caddying for Tiger, and now he’s caddying for that d*** he’s turned into a … I still wasn’t in a great headspace.’ 

Rory Mcllroy has shed new light on his Ryder Cup row involving caddie Joe LaCava

LaCava was on the bag for America’s Patrick Cantlay, who McIlroy described as a ‘d***’ 

McIlroy, who conceded it wasn’t his ‘finest moment’, also revealed that Tiger Woods reached out following the incident at Rome’s Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. 

‘I sent him a quick message,’ McIlroy added. ‘It will be fine… long day… just want to go to bed.’ 

McIlroy had to be bundled into a car by team-mate Shane Lowry amid astonishing scenes earlier this year. 

The 34-year-old was left furious when LaCava stood in his line of vision twirling his cap as he attempted to line up what would have been a match-saving putt.

Cantlay had been jeered all day by the home supporters for reportedly refusing to wear his USA cap in protest at not being paid to play. After McIlroy confronted Cantlay’s bag man on the green, tempers boiled over again in the car park.

The Northern Irishman was left furious when LaCava stood in his line of vision twirling his cap 

He was then seen launching into a livid rant at someone while leaving Marco Simone in Rome

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