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Rory McIlroy caught on video furious over incident with caddie Joe LaCava

Rory McIlroy points his finger

Rory McIlroy was caught on video in a parking area on Saturday at the Ryder Cup, presumably still upset over an incident with caddie Joe LaCava that took place on the 18th hole at Marco Simone Golf Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Italy.

McIlroy had gotten into it with LaCava over what transpired on the 18th hole of the European golfer’s foursome match on Saturday afternoon. The American pairing of Patrick Cantlay and Wyndham Clark beat McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick 1 up. The Americans rallied to win thanks to three straight birdies by Cantlay.

After Cantlay made his third straight birdie, Cantlay’s American teammates raised their hats to celebrate the putt. LaCava, who is Cantlay’s caddie, also waved his hat. The hat celebrations were a response to European fans taunting Cantlay over a report that the American player was not wearing a Ryder Cup team hat in a protest (full details here).

McIlroy seemingly felt LaCava’s celebration was excessive and interfering with McIlroy’s preparation for a putt on 18.

LaCava continued to have words for McIlroy.

Photos showed that LaCava didn’t back down from the Europeans.

A video later went viral from the parking area as players were getting into courtesty cars. The video showed McIlroy shouting at someone past Justin Thomas’ caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay.

McIlroy had to be pushed into his courtesy car by Ryder Cup teammate Shane Lowry.

The Europeans still lead the Ryder Cup 10.5 to 5.5, but Saturday afternoon’s matches did not go well for them. The Americans won three of the four afternoon matches on Saturday to close the seven-point gap between the sides.

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