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HATS OFF: Ryder Cup Captain addresses heated confrontation between McIlroy and Cantlay's Caddie

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The Ryder Cup drama reached new heights during the final moments of Saturday’s play. During a press conference attended by Luke Donald, Team Europe's Ryder Cup Captain, he addressed the confrontation between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay's caddie.

The incident, which allegedly spilled over into the car park, has left many curious about the repercussions and potential impact on the lineup for the singles matches.

During the press conference, Donald confirmed his presence at the 18th hole and provided his account of the events.

Donald said: “Yeah, obviously I was there on 18. I saw it unfold when Patrick made that putt, Joe was waving his hat. Obviously there was some hat waving going on throughout the day from the crowd for our players.

“Talked to Rory. He politely asked Joe to move aside. He was in his line of vision. He stood there and didn't move for a while and continued to wave the hat, so I think Rory was upset about that.”

Responding to a follow-up question about Rory's apparent anger and Shane Lowry's involvement in escorting him to the car, Donald displayed a composed and unwavering stance. He stated that the incident would not affect his strategic decisions for the upcoming matches.

Donald added: “We'll go out there as 12 strong. I'm excited about my lineup, and you know, I'm not going to strategise upon those things, to be honest. That's not in my thought whatsoever. I'm going to put out the lineup that I think will be able to win back the Cup tomorrow.”

With tensions running high and all eyes on Team Europe, the incident between McIlroy and Cantlay's caddie has added another layer of intrigue to an already captivating event. As spectators eagerly await Sunday's singles matches, it remains to be seen how this controversy will influence the players and their performances.