McIlroy shows true colours with comment to Cantlay’s caddie before US Open round

By | June 19, 2024

McIlroy shows his true colors in comments about Cantlay’s caddie ahead of U.S. Open round

Rory McIlroy and American Patrick Cantlay appeared to move on from their Ryder Cup rivalry after uniting in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

On the first tee of the final round of the U.S. Open, Joe LaCava, caddie for Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay, shook hands as the two men walked away from Ryder Cup contention.
McIlroy was paired with rival Cantlay on Sunday in a battle for glory at Pinehurst No. 2. The match was a tease for fans, given their meeting in Rome last year, but any animosity seemed to have been put to rest.
As he stood on the first tee before the deciding fourth round, McIlroy winked at LaCava and offered him a handshake. The Northern Irishman smiled and told the former Caddy Tiger Woods: “Let’s have a good day.”

Kanlai also held out her hand with his fist, to which Macilra had to. It is a very improved atmosphere than the Ryder Cup last year. McIlroy led Team Europe to an emotional 16.5-11.5 victory at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy to claim the iconic trophy. In the Fourball, McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick faced Cantlay and 2023 U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark. After Team USA won by 1, McIlroy exchanged harsh words with LaCava, a disagreement that spilled off the court. LaCava appeared to be walking alongside McIlroy as he birdied the final hole of the match, angering the four-time major champion. McIlroy told the Irish Independent: “That’s what made me angry. My relationship with [Patrick] Cantlay is average at best. We have very little in common and very different ways of looking at the world.
“But when I saw him get hit with a stick on the 17th and 18th greens, I tried to calm the crowd down for him. And I don’t think Fitz (Matt Fitzpatrick) and I had the same opportunity to try and score a goal to halve the game.
“I shook hands with Joe (LaCava) and Patrick. Those three shots on 16, 17 and 18 were great, but to give the team a glimmer of hope going into Sunday under that kind of pressure was a big ask, so hats off to him. “At the end of the 18th pitch there was a little altercation with Fred Paas and Thomas Bjorn, which is normal, but when I went back to the locker room I felt the red mist rising up. ‘No! This was wrong.’

He added: “Joe LaCava was a good guy when he was Tiger’s caddie, but now he’s this son of a bitch (Cantlay)’s caddie and he’s turned him into a son of a bitch.” I still wasn’t in a good mood.”

But after the duo was decided on Saturday night, Cantlay admitted he was excited to play against McIlroy. It’s unclear where Bryson will end up, but he’ll be in a great position tomorrow to get second or third. It is the golf field and a challenge.
“If you can make birds, you can get a lot of land. “I’m really happy with how I played today and looking forward to tomorrow.”

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