It was throughout day three of the four-day event at the Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership when the legendary Northern Irishman was mocked by Patrick Cantlay’s caddie, Joe LaCava, on the 18th inexperienced.
After Crew USA’s Cantlay putted in for birdie, LaCava celebrated by swirling his cap to the group and strutting across the inexperienced.
However he was within the path of McIlroy, who was nonetheless lining his putt as much as end the spherical.
McIlroy was seen asking LaCava to step again, and when the Crew Europe veteran went to his ball the rival caddie bizarrely moved nearer to McIlroy, then waved towards him in a confrontational method.
McIlroy confronted LaCava after his putt, and European teammate Shane Lowry was seen breaking apart the brouhaha earlier than gamers and caddies walked off.
“I do not really feel like I used to be afforded the identical alternative to make a putt as Patrick was. I used to be attempting to do the correct factor and that was positively the incorrect factor to do,” McIlroy mentioned later of the incident.
“That is not the way in which this sport must be performed. Not by a participant, caddie, anyone. I assumed it was utterly disrespectful. It is the angriest I have been in a very long time.
“I mentioned it to the US guys, I assumed what went on was disgraceful. I made that clear.”
McIlroy later revealed Lowry needed to cease him from going into the USA changerooms after the day’s play.
However when he left the venue, the primary American that McIlroy bumped into was a distinct caddie, Jim ‘Bones’ McKay.
McIlroy approached McKay within the carpark and unleashed a tirade on the American, earlier than once more being pulled away by Lowry and getting right into a car.
”The primary American I noticed was Bones and I do know he’s near Joe so I kind of let him have a mouthful,” McIlroy later defined.
“I texted Bones this morning. He was the primary American I noticed after I bought out of the locker room so he was the one which took the brunt of it.
“He was simply within the incorrect place on the incorrect time.”
McIlroy ended up guiding Europe to victory over USA in Rome, and he credited the LaCava incident partially.
“I wanted to calm myself down as a result of I might have let it deliver me down the incorrect path however I did not. I made positive it targeted me,” he mentioned.