Rory McIlroy makes Man Utd revelation as he drops fresh Joe LaCava claim

Rory McIlroy has revealed Joe LaCava came into the Team Europe locker room after the Ryder Cup and had a drink with the Northern Irishman.

Rory McIlroy makes Man Utd revelation as he drops fresh Joe LaCava claim
Rory McIlroy makes Man Utd revelation as he drops fresh Joe LaCava claim

Rory McIlroy has revealed he has 'no regrets' over his bust-up with Patrick Cantlay's caddie Joe LaCava at the Ryder Cup. 

The Northern Irishman was involved in ugly scenes at the Marco Simone Golf & Country club in September. 

He wasn't happy LaCava took his time to move out of the way as he lined up a crucial birdie putt. 

LaCava, usually the bag man for Tiger Woods, was waving his hat frantically at the European crowd after Cantlay drained a bomb 

Cantlay was accused of not wearing a hat as a protest for not getting paid at the Ryder Cup and LaCava's celebration was a show of solidarity for the American. 

McIlroy's argument with LaCava spilled over into the car park and the golfer had to be bundled into a vehicle by Shane Lowry in front of his wife Erica Stoll

The four-time major champion later revealed it was Justin Thomas' caddie Bones who got the brunt of his anger. 

McIlroy later said it was the angriest he had ever been on a golf course. He didn't speak to LaCava for 24 hours as he wanted what happened to energize the European team. 

Luke Donald's Europe eventually beat Team USA by five points.

Asked by The Independent if he had any regrets, McIlroy said there were none and even LaCava joined Team Europe for a drink in the locker room on the Sunday evening in Rome. 

He explained: "Jeez, no, not at all. I felt like what happened in the car park galvanised the team and it benefited us.

"Things happen in the heat of the moment. Tensions were high but Joe came into the European team room on Sunday night and had a drink and a chat. I have had a great relationship with Joe over the years and that wasn't going to change."

He added:

"The incident happened. I didn't want to meet anyone on the Sunday morning because I wanted what happened to fuel me and my focus was on making sure Europe won the Ryder Cup, and then we will sort all the other stuff out after. And it is all fine. We are all friends."

McIlroy also revealed to the paper he was offered the opportunity by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas to own a slice of Leeds United through an investment with the 49ers Group. 

As a Manchester United fan, he turned down the opportunity. 

Europe's top points scorer at Marco Simone seemed receptive to the idea of owning a slice of Manchester United in the future. 

He said: "I would have loved to have taken 0.00001 per cent of Manchester United when Jim Ratcliffe took 25 per cent. And if another opportunity comes my way I will look at it. But it is not something that has come across our table as of yet."

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