Tiger Woods gives verdict on Ryder Cup ‘Hatgate’ drama

March 6, 2024

Tiger Woods has shared his thoughts on the controversy that broke out on Marco Simone’s 18th green last month.

Ahead of his third competitive return, Woods eased any lingering tension after the falls of Patrick Cantlay and Rory McIlroy in Rome.

Former caddy Joe LaCava, 47, found himself at the center of a heated battle, but Woods says it was just noise
he said: What happened there was just noise because of the media.

And obviously the fact that everyone now carries a mobile device with them may have made it popular.

You’re not at home, so they’re going to try to get inside your head, and that’s what they tried to do.

I understand perfectly. Emotions. We all want to win. You have a home team and and away team, you get attacked, and that’s what happened.

Reports from the biennial game said Cantlay refused to wear his hat in protest of not being paid to represent Team USA.

But Woods said at a major news conference in the Bahamas that there was “no problem” with the payments.

Woods approached McIlroy after an argument in the parking lot, the Northern Irishman said in a recent interview.

When I got back to my room, I got a text from Joe LaCava saying, ‘Hey Rory, I’d like to meet with you tomorrow morning to sort things out, McIlroy said. But I was tired and did not return to him.

I’ve had three texts and two missed calls from Tiger, but they’re obviously still around. I sent him a short message saying, ‘Everything will be fine… It’s been a long day…I just want to sleep.”

However, Woods has remained silent about upcoming prestigious events. Asked about rumors that his name would be mentioned as captain in 2025, he replied:

We have to do this and we have to focus on that now. The players and everyone involved understand that this is an issue that we need to focus on. »

Despite Woods describing his game as “rusty” ahead of his long-awaited return, he is scheduled to run a 90-hole marathon in Albany this week.

The 82-time PGA Tour winner will compete in tomorrow’s Pro-Am before competing in the tournament alongside Justin Thomas.