Rory McIlroy told to “relax” as fresh details on Ryder Cup bust-up emerge

Rory McIlroy and caddy Joe LaCava had a disagreement on the 18th green on the second day of the Ryder Cup and now fresh details have emerged from vice-captain Fred Couples

Golf star Fred Couples has provided fresh details on the disagreement between Rory McIlroy and Joe LaCava at the Ryder Cup.

Team Europe regained the famous trophy thanks to a 16.5-11.5 win over Team USA at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club last week. The tournament saw Europe win the trophy for the first time since Paris in 2018 and continue an unbeaten run on home soil which goes back to 1997.

The Saturday evening four-balls saw McIlroy paired with Matt Fitzpatrick and up against Patrick Cantlay and Wyndham Clark of the United States. Team USA claimed a 1-up victory over Europe to provide the team with a slim chance of victory going into the Sunday singles matches.

McIlroy was left unimpressed by LaCava, who was caddying for Cantlay in the Saturday four-ball match. LaCava was celebrating after Cantlay holed a 35-foot putt for birdie, which irritated McIlroy who was stood in the middle of the green in the process of lining up his own putt.

McIlroy had asked LaCava to move while he lined up his putt, but the American responded in an exchange that was criticised. The disagreement continued into the car park after the conclusion of the match, where McIlroy was clearly still incensed by what happened on the 18th green.

Now Couples, who was a vice-captain to Team USA captain Zach Johnson, has provided fresh details on what was said between McIlroy and LaCava. Couples explained what McIlroy said to Cantlay’s caddy on the 18th green, as well debated whether or not what happened was disrespectful.

“It’s the last match of the day. We are getting absolutely hammered. Now we have a chance to get a half… did someone do a Justin Leonard and run across the green?” Couples said, while appearing on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

“I asked Joe LaCava what was said. He said Rory looked at him and said, “Moooove” and he made the ‘ooo’ last a little longer,” Couples said. “Joe replied, ‘Relax Rory.’ Then people think he shushed Rory when he did that hand gesture.

“Little Harry Diamond, who we all love too, caddies for Rory, then he chimed in. Joe said ‘I don’t have time for you.’ Then Joe turned to get out of the way.”

“Shane Lowry and Thomas Bjorn were screaming some things at him, which is fine. I don’t have any problems with Shane Lowry or Thomas Bjorn, they’re protecting the number one player on their team.

“No one did anything wrong, he [LaCava] didn’t bump into him [McIlroy], he didn’t stand over him, it wouldn’t be a 15-yard penalty in college football for taunting.

“Was Joe right? Probably not. [But] did anyone disrespect the European team?”

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