Ryder Cup: Commentator says Rory McIlroy has been 'scapegoat'
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Team Europe star Shane Lowry revealed his wife was subjected to horrible abuse from the American crowd during the final day of the Ryder Cup. Team USA held a strong 11-5 lead going into the final day and then went on to take eight points from the 12 singles matches to seal a record 19-9 victory in the modern era of the Ryder Cup.
It is the largest margin of defeat since 1979 when Team Europe was formed.
Reflecting on his Ryder Cup experience, Lowry was frustrated with the minority of fans that took away from the occasion for not just the European players but their families too.
The Irishman secured a win for him and partner Tyrrell Hatton against Tony Finau and Harris English when he sunk a putt on the final hole on the Saturday.
It was one of the few highlights on a dismal weekend for Team Europe, with Lowry losing 4&2 to FedEx Cup winner Patrick Cantlay in his singles match on Sunday.
Shane Lowry’s passionate display at the Ryder Cup was one of Team Europe’s few bright spots (Image: GETTY)
While the result was undoubtedly gutting, Lowry was particularly frustrated with the treatment his wife Wendy received from the rowdy home crowd.
"I didn’t think it was that bad until I asked my wife what it was like for her, and they got dog’s abuse going around as well," Lowry revealed.
"It's not very nice for them to have to listen to it, but that’s a small percentage of the crowd.
"They are obviously a home crowd and they are going to be a partisan crowd. Some of the stuff was not very nice. But look, that’s just the way it is.
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"Some people are idiots, especially when you drink. Nobody turns into a genius with drinking, and that’s what they were doing last week.
"Especially if you were out in the afternoon matches, it was loud."
Lowry admitted he enjoyed being the pantomime villain against the crowd at Whistling Straits despite the abuse.
The 34-year-old was seen passionately roaring to the crowd's displeasure whenever he holed a vital putt.
"I finished my match on 16 on Sunday and I was walking back down to follow the other groups and I got a huge ovation off the crowd and in the grandstand on 16, that was pretty cool," Lowry acknowledged.
Shane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton provided a highlight for Europe when they won together on Saturday (Image: GETTY)
"It was hard for us, and as a team it was hard for us to perform our best because you stand up and you hit a three-iron to 10 feet from 250 yards and you don’t even get a ripple of applause.
"You almost get booed for it. It’s hard, but I tried to take it as best I could. I think I did, I think I performed okay.
"I don’t think it’s going to be like that in Rome. We will obviously have the home support, but we’ll be hopefully winning a bit of a different way."
The 2023 Ryder Cup – the 44th edition of the biennial tournament – will take place in Rome at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club. It is the first time the prestigious event will be contested on Italian soil.
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