Rory McIlroy reveals Luke Donald's hilarious reaction after Ryder Cup row

"I could be in trouble here..." Rory McIlroy reveals what Luke Donald said to him straight after his car park row at the Ryder Cup.

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Mon, 13 Nov 2023
Rory McIlroy reveals Luke Donald's hilarious reaction after Ryder Cup row

Rory McIlroy has revealed how European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald took great pleasure in seeing his confrontation with Joe LaCava on the 18th green and resulting row with Jim Mackay in the car park. 

McIlroy was raging in his Saturday Fourballs match when Patrick Cantlay's caddie LaCava, formerly with Tiger Woods, got too close to him on the 18th green.

It led to a lost match and a controversial bust-up with LaCava that eventually spilled over into the car park

Six weeks on, McIlroy has shed more light on what exactly happened in an interview with the Irish Independent

McIlroy not only confirmed Woods got in contact with him after the incident, but how he also called Cantlay a "d**k"

When pressed further by the Irish Independent's Paul Kimmage for details on what happened in the locker room after his famous car park row, McIlroy explained how captain Donald was loving every second of it. 

Though McIlroy thought he might have been in some trouble for a brief moment.

McIlroy told the Irish Independent: 

"I forget what time it was but Luke wasn't back yet. He was doing media and stuff at the course. So we're sitting there for about five minutes - the 12 players and vice-captains - and all the talk is the video [laughs].
"Then Luke comes in and sits down and doesn't acknowledge anyone. He then looks at me and I'm thinking 'I could be in trouble here', but he goes, 'Rory, I f**king" loved that!' 
"All the boys started banging on the table. It was brilliant. It had been a really deflating finish but it galvanised the team."

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