In a social media post on his Truth Social platform at 12:06 PM EST on October 1, 2023, former President Donald Trump commented on the Ryder Cup results with the following statement:
EUROPE JUST BEAT THE USA IN THE RYDER CUP. CONGRATS TO TEAM EUROPE! REPLACE SETH WAUGH, A LONG TIME KNOWN LOSER! (Donald Trump Truth Social Post 12:06 PM EST 10/01/23)
EUROPE JUST BEAT THE USA IN THE RYDER CUP. CONGRATS TO TEAM EUROPE! REPLACE SETH WAUGH, A LONG TIME KNOWN LOSER!
(Donald Trump Truth Social Post 12:06 PM EST 10/01/23)
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) October 1, 2023
Rory McIlroy has refuted claims that he met with American caddie Joe LaCava to resolve their dispute at the Ryder Cup. The disagreement between McIlroy and LaCava, who caddies for Patrick Cantlay, escalated from the 18th green into a parking lot at Marco Simone Golf Club.
According to a report from NBC Sports, LaCava had sent a text message to someone on McIlroy’s team on Saturday night, saying, “Love you guys, I have nothing but respect.”
NBC Sports also reported that McIlroy and LaCava had a meeting before Sunday’s singles matches, a claim that McIlroy disputed. “I haven’t met Joe,” McIlroy told an NBC Sports reporter after his victory against Sam Burns in the singles match.
When asked if there was no resolution to the previous day’s incident, McIlroy reiterated, “I was focused. I was very focused. I let it fuel me. I didn’t let it take away from what’s been a fantastic week. I used that little incident last night to my advantage.”
McIlroy explained that the entire European team used the incident as motivation. He said, “It was a bit of a deflating finish last night. But I think what transpired on that last green, it all gave us a little bit of a fire in our bellies to try and get the job done today.”
The initial incident occurred when McIlroy became upset on Saturday because LaCava was standing in his putting line and wouldn’t move. LaCava was celebrating Cantlay’s impressive 43-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, waving his hat in the process. This crucial putt helped Cantlay and his partner, England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, secure a 1-up victory in the final four-ball (best ball) match.
TV cameras later captured Shane Lowry, an Irish team member, pushing McIlroy into a car while he was shouting at someone in the parking lot. Caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay, who works for American player Justin Thomas, was nearby during the incident. McIlroy expressed his displeasure, saying, “This can’t happen. This can’t happen. It’s a f—ing disgrace.”
There were also reports suggesting that the U.S. team was divided, with Cantlay allegedly unhappy with American players not being compensated for their participation in the Ryder Cup. Some reports even claimed that Cantlay had refused to wear a team-issued hat in protest, a claim he denied.