Former Ryder Cup Captain Has 'No Problem' With McIlroy's Heated Outburst

Paul McGinley took to social media to have his say about the moment, with the 56-year-old claiming 'Ryder Cups should stir emotion in players of both sides'

Rory McIlroy and Paul McGinley walk alongside each other
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On Saturday evening, tensions boiled over at the Ryder Cup, as Rory McIlroy, Joe LaCava and Shane Lowry were involved in a heated exchange on the 18th green, with the action spilling over as McIlroy left the venue and got in his car to head back to the hotel.

The incident in the car park this time involved McIlroy and Justin Thomas's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, with McIlroy visibly angry following the moment on the 18th, as Lowry had to break up the commotion and calm his European team mate down.

Obviously, the video of McIlroy kicking off went huge on social media, with former European captain, Paul McGinley, reacting to it on Twitter. In conclusion, the four-time European Tour winner had no "problem" with the confrontation. 

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Taking to X/Twitter, McGinley wrote: "Have no problem with Europe’s and Rory's passion at the end and in the car park - great sport & Ryder cups should stir emotion in players of both sides - hearts on fire. @SkySportsGolf."

It's no secret that the Ryder Cup is the most intense golf tournament on the planet, with the tension starting after Patrick Cantlay holed a lengthy winning putt on the 18th hole to defeat McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.

After the putt, Cantlay's caddie, LaCava, as well as the American players and team members, waved their hats in the air to the hat-less Cantlay's clutch moment, in reference to news earlier from Sky Sports that there is a fracture in the US Ryder Cup camp driven by a desire from certain players to be paid.

LaCava, who had also been waving his hat, was reportedly rather close to McIlroy who was lining up his putt and, after being asked to move, LaCava didn't for some time. As a result, McIlroy was slightly upset. 

All of this was backed up by European captain, Luke Donald, who explained afterwards that: "I was there on 18. I saw it unfold when Patrick made that putt, Joe was waving his hat. Obviously there was some hat waving going on throughout the day from the crowd, not our players. Talked to Rory. He politely asked Joe to move aside. He was in his line of vision. He stood there and didn't move for a while and continued to wave the hat, so I think Rory was upset about that."

Within Sky Sports' report, it is believed that Cantlay and close friend, Xander Schauffele, have been sitting in a separate area of the locker room and were the main people who didn't want Netflix to film in the US team room for the upcoming Full Swing season 2.

After the afternoon four balls session, which USA claimed 3-1, the American side were part of a press conference, with Cantlay asked whether players should be paid to play in the Ryder Cup. His response was blunt, with the 31-year-old stating: "It's not about that. It's just about Team USA and representing our country. That's all I've got to say about that."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x