Rory McIlroy has admitted his singles win over Sam Burns was fuelled by Saturday’s confrontation with American caddie Jim Mackay.
The 34-year-old needed to be held again by Workforce Europe teammate Shane Lowry after taking exception to Workforce USA’s response on the 18th gap.
The Europeans took exception to Patrick Cantlay’s caddie Joe LaCava mimicking the house crowd by waving his hat round earlier than McIlroy’s closing putt.
The Northern Irishman, who subsequently missed his putt which might have tied the four-ball, complained that LaCava was in his approach.
Footage then confirmed McIlroy concerned in a heated alternate with Justin Thomas’ caddie within the automotive park, the place he appeared to say, ‘that is f****** disgraceful’.
And the four-time main winner insisted after his 3&1 singles win over Burns that he used the incident as motivation to win his match.
It left Europe on the point of successful again the Ryder Cup following their 19-9 defeat in Wisconsin two years in the past, along with his aspect ultimately rising as 16½-11½ winners.
Talking to Sky Sports activities, a teary-eyed McIlroy stated: “I wanted that to gasoline me immediately and never let it take away from what’s been an excellent week, and I felt like I used it to my benefit.
“I got here out right here with a unique stage of focus, a unique stage of willpower.
“I feel, in a approach, it gave the entire group a bit of fireplace in our bellies and I simply needed to win one other level for Europe.
“Ever since Whistling Straits, I used to be so dissatisfied in my efficiency there, so to return right here to Rome and win 4 factors, it means rather a lot to me so hopefully we are able to get it executed.
“The group now we have is unbelievable. It is a younger group, it is going to be round for a very long time.
“The assist we had was completely unbelievable and it has been an excellent week for me personally.
“However we have to comply with the boys right here, get them in the home, and get it over and executed with.”
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