Rory McIlroy feels U.S. fans reacted weird to Ryder Cup win

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Rory McIlroy feels U.S. fans reacted weird to Ryder Cup win

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Rory McIlroy feels U.S. fans reacted weird to Ryder Cup win

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When you get Rory McIlroy to talk for nearly an hour, be prepared to listen because he’ll throw out some gems.

The World No. 2 was the latest guest on the No Laying Up Podcast, which has also boasted past chats with Charles Howell III, Ollie Schniederjans, Max Homa, Billy Horschel and Justin Thomas (twice!). You can listen to the Rory interview or any of the others right here.

McIlroy is the most high-profile guest, though, and certainly open. In the chat, posted Tuesday, the Ryder Cup came up often, with McIlroy explaining how the pressure of the event took some getting used to and where he felt U.S. fans crossed the line in the 2016 version.

But one of his most interesting answers may have been about his bemusement at how American fans reacted after the U.S. clinched its first Ryder Cup win in eight years.

“It seemed like once they won, the whole place kind of went quiet,” McIlroy told No Laying Up’s Chris Solomon. “It was weird. And that’s why I was the one celebrating, I was like ‘U.S.A.!’ ”

McIlroy noted it was especially bizarre considering how rowdy the U.S. crowds had been all week.

“(It was like) go and chant the way you’ve been chanting the last few days,” McIlroy said. “Your team just won. Then all of a sudden they go quiet. We (the Europeans) didn’t understand it.”

(At least the American players knew how to celebrate, though.)

The 27-year-old also spoke candidly about the Ryder Cup selection process, noting that Paul Casey’s ineligibility due to not being a European Tour member was unfair: “Honestly, it should be the best 12 players from Europe versus the best 12 players from the United States.”

McIlroy also gave a glimpse into how he relaxed after a Ryder Cup where he was just a little pumped up. It wasn’t exactly sitting on the couch eating potato chips…

“I spent my time directly after the Ryder Cup wedding planning,” McIlroy told Solomon. “I had three days of wedding meetings in Ireland. That was my decompression time from the Ryder Cup.”

Seems like McIlroy’s always a busy man! Moving past the Ryder Cup stuff, the Northern Irishman made an especially notable point on two other subjects. The first came on the possible lengthening of Augusta National’s par-5 13th, a hot-button issue that has sowed much discontent. But McIlroy is actually a fan of the idea.

“I know a lot of longer(-hitting) guys don’t like to hit driver off that tee anyway. And it’s not much of a par 5 if you can’t hit driver off the tee,” McIlroy said. “So lengthening 13 and making it where guys are having to go in there with a long iron again is something that would be cool to see.”

Finally, the podcast got into what it’s like for McIlroy (and other high-profile golfers) to deal with outside expectations in the modern age.

In a telling moment, McIlroy admitted that how quickly people cool off on golfers bothers him.

“Since I started to win majors, there’s probably been about 10 different eras in golf,” McIlroy said. “It bugs me because people don’t give players the time to develop and become what they want them to be. They need to have patience with it. … It’s totally unfair because they build you up so much.”

It’s always interesting with Rory.

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