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Rory McIlroy referred to Patrick Cantlay as ‘that d**k’ during moment he saw ‘complete rage’ at Ryder Cup

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While doing an interview with the “Irish Independent“, Rory McIlroy shared some more details regarding the argument he had with Joe LaCava at the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone.

The altercation stemmed from a report that indicated Patrick Cantlay was not wearing a hat during play as a protest for not getting paid during the Ryder Cup. After he drilled a clutch putt in the match against McIlroy, the United States team all waved their hat in support of Cantlay. LaCava joined in while on the green and according to McIlroy, went on a bit too long.

“Here’s what angered me, my relationship with Cantlay is average at best. We don’t have a ton in common and see the world quite differently.

“But when I saw he was getting stick on the 17th and 18th greens, I tried to quieten the crowd for him. And I don’t think Fitz and I were afforded the same opportunity to try and hole those putts to halve the match.

“I hit a decent putt but I under-read it basically, and Fitz hit a good putt but left it short, right in the jaws.”

“I shook Joe’s hand, and Patrick’s hand. Those three putts he made on 16, 17 and 18 were fantastic, and under that pressure, to give your team a glimmer of hope going into Sunday was big balls. So, all respect to him.

“There was a bit of argy-bargy at the back of the 18th green with Fred Couples and Thomas Bjorn – and that’s fine – but as I’m walking back to the locker room I can feel this red mist coming over me: ‘No! That wasn’t right.”

“As we’re getting up to leave I’m like, ‘I’m going into their locker room now to sort this out, and Shane was like, ‘No Rory. Bad idea.’”

Justin Thomas’ caddie, Bones Mackay, then came over to attempt to calm Rory down.

“He’s coming over to try and defuse the situation,” said McIlroy. “But he’s wearing an American top, and I know he’s friends with Joe, and I just tripped. Complete rage. I felt bad about it afterwards because Bones’s wife was standing beside him, and I used a lot of swear words. So not my finest moment. Then Shane bundled me into the car.”

“So we’re going left and someone is shouting at me, ‘Rory! Rory!’, and I look back and it’s Ricky Elliott and Claude Harmon. And they’re trying to defuse the situation but I start having a go at them. ‘Joe LaCava used to be a nice guy when he was caddying for Tiger, and now he’s caddying for that d**k he’s turned into a …’ I still wasn’t in a great headspace.”

McIlroy and LaCava have since mended fences and shared a text message exchange shortly after the event, however the Northern Irishman calling Cantlay a “d***” certainly adds another layer to the story.

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Unruly fan behaviour overshadows Charlie Woods’ pre-qualifier round for Cognizant Classic

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On Thursday, Charlie Woods attempted to pre-qualify for the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches. The round at Lost Lake Golf Club didn’t go so well for Charlie, as he shot a disappointing 86 on the day.

According to The Palm Beach Post, the round quickly became unenjoyable for the 15-year-old. A group of nearly 50 fans followed Woods close to the fairway and ignored pleas from the tournament staff for them to “stay on the cart path”.

“Who are you? The fire marshal?” one fan reportedly said.

The Palm Beach Post also shared that one grandmother pulled her granddaughter out of school in hopes of Woods noticing her. Another fan became disgruntled when Charlie wouldn’t sign a copy of her book, “How I Play Golf,” by Tiger Woods, saying “I live here” when told that Charlie wasn’t allowed to sign mid-round.

Woods was derailed by scoring a 12 on the 7th hole, as well as plenty of other mishaps throughout the round. Unlike most 15-year-old kids, Charlie doesn’t have the luxury of being able to grind through the adversity outside of the public eye.

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We asked Rory McIlroy what his dream all-time version of ‘The Match’ would be…Here’s what he had to say

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In the lead up to TNT Sports’ ninth edition of “Capital One’s The Match,” Rory McIlroy, Max Homa, Rose Zhang and Lexi Thompson held a press conference.

While answering a question from GolfWRX, Rory McIlroy did his best to reveal what four players in the history of golf he’d hypothetically like to see play in “The Match”.

Vincenzi: “If you could create a match in this format between any players in any era, what match would you create and why?”

McIlroy:

“I think one of the cool things about golf is being able to or at least trying to compare generations. So, I was always a big fan of Shell’s wonderful world of golf growing up. And obviously you had a lot of the greatest players ever to play those matches.

I mean, it’s hard. I think there’s too many great players in the history of the game to try to, to just put up a foursome together because, you know, off the top of my head, I’m like, ok, Sam Snead and Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Seve. I mean, you can go on and on down the list and I’m a pretty big historian of the game and I, I really appreciate where the game has come from and what it’s evolved into and how that has benefited me and all of my peers up until this point. So, I think it’s hard to create a foursome and a format that would really do the history of golf justice.

But take your pick, there’s so many different ones that you could do. But I think trying to compare generations, being able to compare Hogan to Tiger, for example, in both of their primes would be something that would be really cool to watch.

There you have it. If the next version of “The Match” was Ben Hogan vs. Tiger Woods, who would you pick?

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‘Yuck’ – Cringe driving range mansplaining incident towards PGA pro goes viral

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While a female golf professional and coach was on the range, she received some unprovoked swing tips from an amateur onlooker.

“What you’re doing there is you’re coming back too slow,” the random man said to Georgia Ball, who has almost 200,000 Instagram followers based on her excellent golf tips she puts out on social media.

“I’m going through a swing change at the minute, so…,” Ball responds.

The man continues to try and “help” and says he’s been playing the game “for 20 years”.

You can see the full video on Ball’s Instagram page (@georgiagolfcoach) here:

 

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The most infuriating part of the video is certainly after she makes a great swing, the man tries taking credit as if his advice is what produced the result.

The man takes a beating in the comment section so make sure to check out the post, with even Hollywood actor Don Cheadle calling the incident “yuck”.

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