Ryder Cup: Commentator says Rory McIlroy has been ‘scapegoat’
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Shane Lowry has slammed Ryder Cup opponent Patrick Cantlay. The Irishman says the American ‘p***** him off’ during their singles match on the final day of the prestigious event last weekend.
The PGA Tour Player of the Year defeated Lowry in what was a Ryder Cup to forget for Team Europe.
There was no love lost between the two and Lowry has now opened up on the incident.
Lowry was speaking to Paddy Power via the betting firm’s official Instagram page where the full interview is available to watch and said of Cantlay: “Patrick Cantlay p***** me off on the eighth hole if I’m honest.
“He was riling up the crowd while I was lining up my putt annoyed me quite a lot, and I didn’t feel that it was good from him, but it is what it is.
“In Rome, we’ll hopefully win and win in a different style, that’s how I’m looking at it.”
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The Whistling Straits crowd made life very difficult for Lowry and booed him vociferously each time he did not give an American player a putt.
“For a start Bryson DeChambeau’s putter line is about four feet long so it was definitely not a gimme. Justin Thomas did the same thing and then I did the same thing but purely because Justin Thomas did it,” he continued.
“They made me hit a putt from literally 18 inches on the first so I did the exact same thing as Thomas did just because I was annoyed with the picture I’ve seen of him that morning.
“The problem was, every time an American putted inside six feet, I was getting booed if I didn’t give it to them. They obviously played up to the crowd.”
Lowry said he tried to annoy the crowd himself during his doubles match with Tyrrell Hatton, but admitted he didn’t get much joy.
“I wasn’t giving them anything last week because I was getting booed,” he added.
“I was playing with Tyrrell Hatton on Saturday afternoon and he wanted to give them a couple of balls and I said ‘no, let’s just let them see the ball in’. It was a bit of gamesmanship from me as well.
“Trying to annoy them and get in their heads as well but it obviously didn’t work.
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“I’m disappointed with the score line because I think we deserved more than that because we were a great team, a great unit, we just didn’t perform as well as we should’ve.”
Team USA dominated from the off and eventually secured a historic 19-9 victory against Europe.
Steve Stricker’s men ended up winning seven of the 12 singles contests – with Padraig Harrington’s team Europe only winning three and two finishing in draws.
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