‘He Wants to Be Everything’ – Padraig Harrington Makes Shocking Claims Against Rory McIlroy

Published 10/23/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy reacts after missing his putt on the 2nd green during the Singles REUTERS/Mike Segar


Team Europe suffered an embarrassing defeat at the Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits. Team USA registered an emphatic 19-9 and recorded one of the largest margins of victory in modern golf. This loss completely shattered the skipper Padraig Harrington along with the players like Rory McIlroy. 

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But along with loss, Team Europe had to face a few hardships which Harrington discussed in a recent interview. He also opened up about Rory McIlroy, breaking down with tears, the abuse from the crowds, and many other things. Since the Ryder Cup defeat, this is the first time that the skipper is opening up about it. 

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‘Does not owe everyone everything’ Padraig Harrington on Rory McIlroy

Team Europe skipper Padraig Harrington gave an interview recently and spoke in detail about the Ryder Cup. Firstly, he talked about Rory McIlroy breaking down in tears on Sunday when Europe’s defeat was on the cards. “He takes on too much. He wants to be everything,” said Harrington. 

“He’s trying to do good for golf, but he’s wearing too many hats. His personality means he is the guy who will always tell you what he’s thinking. I was happy to see how much he cared, but he needs to realize he does not owe everyone everything.”

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 24, 2021 Team Europe’s Shane Lowry and Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy walk off the 1st tee as Team USA’s Harris English looks on during the Four-balls REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Furthermore, he was asked about the Shane Lowry incident. Shane Lowry had claimed that his wife was on the receiving end of ‘dog’s abuse’, which ruined his week.   

“Some of the stuff, like with Wendy and others, we heard nothing about until afterward. Early in the week, we had a meeting with everyone who would be inside the ropes and asked them not to bring the burden of people shouting to the players. I didn’t want it to affect them, and it was not a big deal within the team,” said Harrington

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Harrington blames Covid for their defeat

Padraig Harrington feels that they were a completely different team a year ago, and Covid is one of the reasons for their loss. “If I want to go round with a chip on my shoulder, I have to blame Covid,” he said.  

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“A year earlier, we are a different team, and so are they. But they picked the right players for the course, had the stats, and were well-drilled on what they needed to do. In previous years, they picked the best players and tried to match them up. This time they picked who would make the best foursomes and four-balls.”

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 21, 2021 Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington speaks with Team Europe’s Lee Westwood on the 10th tee during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Moreover, he believes that Team USA got an extra practice session that too in the winds, which were similar to that of the tournament winds. Hence, this gave them an added advantage which, sadly, they couldn’t get. “They had an extra practice, and I hate to say they lucked out, but it definitely helped because they got to play in the tournament wind,” concluded Harrington. 

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Meanwhile, they will play the next Ryder Cup in 2023 in Italy from September 30th to October 2nd. Hopefully, Harrington and his team can regain their lost glory in Italy. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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