Patrick Cantlay responds to pay questions after being criticized for refusing to wear a Ryder Cup hat

Patrick Cantlay responds to pay questions after being criticized for refusing to wear a Ryder Cup hat

The American golfer broke his silence and explained why he did not wear a Team USA hat during this year’s tournament at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome.

Patrick Cantlay revealed the strange reason he didn’t wear a Team USA hat at this year’s Ryder Cup after facing heavy criticism from fans. The eight-time PGA Tour winner will be making his second appearance at the prestigious tournament, after helping the United States win the tournament in 2021 at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin, where he won three and drew one of his four matches. played.

Cantlay’s apparent refusal to accept responsibility comes after reports suggested he believed players should be paid to participate. Traditionally, players have never been financially rewarded for playing, but instead profits are donated to various charities.

Cantlay was the only golfer participating in this year’s event at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome not wearing a hat. The golfer also did not wear a hat in the 2021 tournament and was asked to clarify the reason after Saturday’s action.

“It’s inappropriate. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “I didn’t wear it to Whistling Straits because the hat didn’t fit me, that’s all.”

After his comments, he was asked directly by a reporter whether he thought golfers should be paid to compete in the Ryder Cup. “I’m not here to talk about that,” he replied. “It all depends on the American team.”

The crowd supporting Team Europe took notice of this situation during their match against Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick. The former FedExCup champion had to endure cheers and boos at the 10th hole.

Fans can be seen waving their hats in the air while chanting:
“Hats off to your bank account.” The songs are followed by:
“Cantlay, where’s your hat? Cantlay, Cantlay, where’s your hat?”

The team has since dispelled accusations of a rift when Cantlay birdied No. 17. The former FedExCup champion then made an impressive 45-foot birdie in the final round to bringing a 1-1 victory to the US team.

The entire team was seen celebrating together attentively while waving their caps on their heads. The Americans are currently suffering a heavy defeat against Europe, with Luke Donald’s team holding a five-point lead going into the final day.

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