Rory McIlroy says dispute with Joe LaCava settled

Rory McIlroy has seemingly moved past his Ryder Cup feud with caddie Joe LaCava, as revealed in a recent interview with BBC. Previously, McIlroy expressed his frustration towards LaCava for celebrating on the 18th green during a match involving McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay. This led to a tense exchange between the two, but they have now resolved their issues.

“It’s a point of contention and it still hurts, but time is a great healer, and we’ll all move on,” stated McIlroy after leading Europe to victory at Marco Simone.

According to McIlroy, LaCava visited the European team room that evening to make amends.

“Things happen in the heat of the moment, tensions were high,” McIlroy shared. “Joe LaCava came into the European team room on the Sunday night and we had a drink and a chat. I’ve had a great relationship with Joe over the years when he caddied for Tiger, and that hasn’t changed.”

McIlroy intentionally avoided meeting anyone on Sunday morning, choosing to channel his emotions into his performance. His sole focus was on securing a Ryder Cup victory for Europe.

“For me, the incident happened, I purposely didn’t want to meet anyone on the Sunday morning because I wanted what had happened to fuel me for that day,” explained McIlroy. “My whole focus was let’s make sure Europe win the Ryder Cup and then we will sort all the other stuff out afterwards.

“And it’s all fine. We’re all friends now,” McIlroy concluded.


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