Ryder Cup: Rory McIlroy Bows to Crowd After Clinching Match

September 30, 2016

Rory McIlroy had 15 feet left to cap off Friday at the Ryder Cup, and he ended it in style.

The putt dropped for an eagle, winning the hole and the match for the European team of McIlroy and Thomas Pieters. Then, McIlroy bowed to the largely American crowd before celebrating with his teammates. This is why the Ryder Cup is amazing.

The putt and victory helped move the Europeans back into the Ryder Cup hunt. After two session and eight matches, the Americans lead 5 to 3. Check out McIlroy’s putt and reaction below.

According to McIlroy, the reaction that followed was due to some intensity out on the fairways at Hazeltine. Saturday morning will likely bring some more. McIlroy talked about the celebration afterward.

“Even before I hit that putt, I wanted to put an exclamation point on the session,” McIlroy said. “I was thinking about that celebration.”

Then later, even more from McIlroy: “I bowed to them and said, ‘You’re welcome for the show.'”