Inside Europe’s Ryder Cup party as celebrations last into early hours in Rome
The Irishman, who was surrounded by the trophy and empty bottles of champagne and Peroni, had earlier declared how he would “have to do all the work” had McIlroy’s carpark altercation with caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, following bad blood with Patrick Cantlay’s caddie Joe LaCava, escalated further on Saturday.
Lowry and McIlroy had earlier drank champagne from the Ryder Cup before handing over the trophy to captain Donald for a swig.
Vice-captain Francesco Molinari was seen performing a dance resembling a penguin, paying tribute to his ‘Moliwood’ partner Tommy Fleetwood, who had earlier clinched the cup for Europe after moving 2UP against Rickie Fowler in the penultimate match.
Loud cries of “Tommy, Tommy, Tommy” were heard ringing around the team bus as Europe celebrated each team member.
While Donald kept it simple with his own song, screaming out Queen’s We are the champions to his adoring players.
Attention will now turn to Bethpage Black in New York in 2025, where Europe will attempt to achieve “one of the biggest accomplishments in golf right now,” in the words of McIlroy.
And the question over the European captaincy will begin, with many calling for Donald to make a rare move and retain the leadership and become the first away winners in the Ryder Cup since Europe at Medinah in 2012.
“I think everyone sitting here would be very happy to have him again,” McIlroy said.
While Donald remained coy on his future: “Listen, guys, I want to enjoy this moment right now with these guys. I haven’t been asked yet.”
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