Team Europe Delights Rory McIlroy With Much Needed Assurance Ahead of Ryder Cup 2021

Published 08/06/2021, 5:50 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 5, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the first green during a practice round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


At the men’s golf Olympics event in Tokyo, we saw Rory McIlroy play without a hat. The topic was discussed at length, the 32-year-old speaking about his experience. This week, he further spoke about the hat at a press conference at the 2021 WGC-FedexCup St. Jude Invitational, also looking forward to the Ryder Cup Europe.

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Rory McIlroy looking forward to playing at Whistling Straits

While at the press conference, Rory McIlroy once again spoke about his hat situation. The 2014 Open Championship winner revealed if it actually affects his play, along with some positive news from the Ryder Cup Team Europe. “I certainly seem to play okay,” McIlroy said. “I don’t mind it. I usually wear a hat when I’m at home playing. I just, you know I don’t want to look stupid with a hat that’s too big on me going to some of these team events”.

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He added that it was indeed “so hot” at the Olympics, and he probably needed a hat while sun cream dripped into his eyes as he squinted. “But Ryder Cup Europe have assured me that the hats this year are going to be a good fit so I’ll hopefully have a hat on my head for Whistling Straits”. 

He even spoke with PGATour.com earlier, speaking about his head being too small. “My head is so small that I have to get Nike to make me custom hats. So whenever I’m in a team event and the hats aren’t custom, they’re all too big”. 

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Golf – Scottish Open – The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, Britain – July 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy during the second round REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The Northern Ireland icon had a somewhat disappointing performance at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude, his first tournament since the Olympics. McIlroy is currently T38 after 36-holes at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and is 2-under for the tournament. Harris English leads the field after shooting 13-under through two rounds. Harris is in front, while Cameron Smith and Abraham Ancer are tied for the second position, two strokes behind the leader.

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