Team USA laid an egg at this year’s Ryder Cup, losing 16.5-11.5 in Italy.
Reports emerged during the event that this was the case Disagreement in the US team room. Sources said the split was led by Patrick Cantlay, who allegedly didn’t wear a hat to protest players not being paid to take part in the Ryder Cup. US team members and captains vehemently disputed the report.
However, Lucas Glover, who was not in Italy but was a strong candidate for election as U.S. captain after reeling off two straight victories in August, gathered information about the split in Team USA and was heartbroken by what he saw heard.
“The next week, it broke my heart when I heard how fractured the room was and how it was about money and other things,” Glover told SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio this week. “That’s not what the Ryder Cup stands for at all. And I’m not just continuing what I’ve read and said, I’ve talked to some people who were there in the fight and it breaks my heart to hear that.” That’s because it’s not about what for it stands and that it is not the reason why I want to play on this team.”
Glover, the 2009 US Open champion, has never competed in a Ryder Cup. But many thought the 43-year-old deserved the honor this year after he cured his decades-long putting yips and won the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship back-to-back.
When U.S. captain Zach Johnson announced his six captaincy selections in late August, he said his respect and admiration “is great when it comes to Lucas and his family.” Ultimately, Glover received a call from Johnson before the selection was made, but the news on the other end wasn’t what Glover wanted to hear.
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“I could see that [Johnson’s] “I initially gave him the tone that I couldn’t do it,” Glover said, “and I didn’t want to put him through any more than he was already going through, so I kept it short and told him I could “I understood – even.” although I was probably lying.
Glover added that making a Ryder Cup team is “the one thing I haven’t done yet and still want to do.” Had he been in Italy, the end result — and the chemistry on the U.S. team — might have been different .
“It’s easy to say three weeks later, two weeks later, and unfortunately they lost, but yeah, I would have loved to have been there,” Glover said. “I think I could have brought a few other things to the table.”
However, Glover’s goal now shifts to making the US squad in 2025 at Bethpage Black in New York – the venue of his US Open triumph.