Rory McIlroy showed true colours with comment to Patrick Cantlay’s caddie before US Open final round

Rory McIlroy shook hands with Patrick Cantlay ’s caddie Joe LaCava as the pair moved on from their Ryder Cup spat on the first tee of the final round at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy was paired with rival Cantlay as the duo battle for glory around Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday. It served as a tantalising matchup for fans given their clash in Rome last year, but it appears they have swept any bad blood under the rug.

Standing at the first tee ahead of the crucial fourth round, McIlroy winked at LaCava and offered to shake his hand. The Northern Irishman smiled and told Tiger Woods’ former caddie: “Let’s have a good day.”

Cantlay also reached out with a fist bump to which McIlroy obliged. It is a much-improved atmosphere than at the Ryder Cup last year.

McIlroy helped Team Europe secure an emotional 16.5-11.5 victory at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Italy to regain the iconic trophy. Fourballs saw McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick as they faced Cantlay and 2023 U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark.

After Team USA secured a 1-up victory, McIlroy exchanged fierce words with LaCava in a disagreement that extended to beyond the course. LaCava appeared to walk near McIlroy while he was lining up a putt on the final hole of the match, which irritated the four-time major champion.

McIlroy told the Irish Independent : “Here’s what angered me. My relationship with [Patrick] Cantlay is average at best. We don’t have a tonne in common and see the world quite differently.

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