The initial 48 hours of the Ryder Cup were brimming with exciting matches, intense competition, and some contentious moments. As the teams prepare for the final day, a heated confrontation between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay’s caddie, Joe LaCava, has caught media attention.
Patrick’s successful putt on the 18th hole secured their win with a final score of 3-1 in the afternoon fourballs. The argument between the players that followed the putt extended all the way to the parking lot, and the spectators found it amusing.
Rory McIlroy gets into a confrontation with Joe LaCava.
On Saturday, the final fourball match was played by Rory McIlroy & Matt Fitzpatrick against Wyndham Clark & Patrick Cantlay. The match remained tied until the 16th hole, where Patrick scored two consecutive birdies and secured the win for the American team. His impressive 43-ft putt at the 18th hole was a standout moment.
Cantlay happily waved his imaginary hat in celebration, a recurring gesture throughout the day. His teammates also joined in. Joe LaCava, Cantlay’s caddie, did the same but made sure to stay visible to Rory, who was preparing to putt and potentially tie the hole.
In the end, McIlory and Fitzpatrick were defeated by one point in the match. It was revealed that there was some discussion between them and Joe when asking him to move. The captain of Team Europe, Luke Donald, defended his player during the press conference. Donald stated, “Rory McIlroy politely requested for Joe to step aside because he was in his line of sight. Joe stood there and did not move for a while, continuing to wave his hat, which I believe upset Rory…and I can see why.”
The team leader also mentioned that although the traditional tournament can be intense, they aim to handle it appropriately. The incident escalated to the parking lot, where a video of Rory yelling while being pushed into a car by teammate Shane Lowry was shared online. Other teammates were also captured on camera, providing entertainment for fans.
The recent heckling incident involving Patrick Cantlay at a golf tournament has sparked mixed reactions among fans. While some argue that the heckling was not meant to be hateful, others believe it crossed a line.
The faces of Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland cause a frenzy online!
A photograph of Matt Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, and Viktor Hovland conversing with Team US caddie Jim Bones in the parking lot went viral. Social media users enjoyed creating comical interpretations of their facial expressions. One fan shared the image and remarked on Fitzpatrick’s fierce demeanor.
Fitz is driving me crazy. pic.twitter.com/W9SAZlWbSd
— Gabby Herzig (@GabbyHerzig) September 30, 2023
Several people joined in and shared their interpretations of the picture. One person specifically focused on Fitzpatrick and commented on how he appeared scared and unaware.
Fitz in this moment… pic.twitter.com/NN6ZdKRlJN
— Matt Tympanick (@TympanickLaw) September 30, 2023
The way Matt looked was likened to a deer being transfixed by the headlights of a car. It seems that deer become scared and paralyzed in such situations.
Deer. Meet. Headlights.
The user with the username “JGuyMAC” tweeted on September 30, 2023:
On September 30, 2023, a tweet was posted by a user with the username “JGuyMAC” under the name Jeremy Guy.
This observer observed Hovland appearing disoriented and out of place in the background. Can we really blame him though? It was overwhelming and unexpected.
Hovland is not entirely confident in the background.
— Paul Whitt (@pwhitt) September 30, 2023
This supporter compared the scene to a scenario at Christmas, where one may be stuck with their grandfather and uncle bickering about a football game from the past. Haha!
As you arrive for Christmas dinner, you find your beloved uncle and grandpa engaged in a heated debate about a football game that took place in 1987.
— Karen Ussher (@kussher71) September 30, 2023
Someone else seemed to be closely observing Matt, ready to jump in and interrupt the conversation at any moment. It certainly seemed that way.
“Excuse me, could you please hold onto my protein shake, electrolyte-infused water, and two make-up kits while I think about interrupting?”
— terry mcclintock (@tmccli) September 30, 2023
The fan nonchalantly mentioned the defeat that Fitzpatrick had just faced and commented on how devastated he appeared.
Fitz is disappointed to be on a losing streak again.
— InsideGolf (@golfinside1) September 30, 2023
Someone boldly predicted that Fitzpatrick would win the singles match with a score of 7-up. That seems quite optimistic!
Fitz will definitely win tomorrow with a score of 7&6.
— Carlo Gambino (@CaicoNotGeico) September 30, 2023
The fan observed that Hovland appeared fatigued, stating that he seemed to have been abruptly awakened from a sound slumber. It would be difficult to argue with this observation.
It appears that Hovland has just woken up in the background.
— Steve Ashworth (@sash19xu) September 30, 2023
Finally, someone criticized LaCava and deemed his behavior to be inappropriate and crossing a line, showing support for Rory McIlroy.
The situation was chaotic. However, La Cava’s actions on the 18th were inappropriate.
— Gillian Geraghty (@geraghtg1) September 30, 2023
As the brawl escalates, it is creating excitement and anticipation among the fans for the final day. The singles finals are only a few hours away. Who do you predict will be the victor? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
View this Narrative: With only 14 days remaining until the Ryder Cup, Patrick Cantlay of Team USA has not yet been able to overcome the stain of his performance at the Masters.
The article titled “Deer. Meet. Headlights”: Not Rory McIlroy’s Doing, But His Teammates Surprise Online Users with Parking Lot Dispute Leading to Turmoil, was published on EssentiallySports.