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Rory McIlroy's stag party appearance and the Ryder Cup

On Sunday, team Europe lifted the Ryder Cup in spectacular form. It was a rugged work performance, mainly done on the first day, with Europe stretching to a healthy 5-1 lead in the foursomes.

Rory McIlroy was on great form, even with taking in a Stag Do in Mykonos the week before. Did it affect his performance? Not in the slightest, but there was some drama.

The controversy started on the Saturday night with Rory almost squaring up to veteran caddy Bones in the car park after their match. Rory was fuming as he thought that the American was standing in view of him as he putted. The American then seemed to walk through the line of Rory's shot. This is a big no-no in golf and is seen as terrible ethics.

It sparked a row, and the Northern Irish man was livid. Teammate Shane Lowry, who partnered Rory in the foursomes, had to hold back Rory. It made big headlines throughout the sporting world over the Saturday night. On Sunday, Europe racked up the win, with Rory scoring 4 points out of the five matches he played in—a brilliant personal achievement from one of the most famous sports stars in the world.

Rory McIlroy going down the first hole at St Andrews meeting Graham McDowell finishing his round. July 2010.

The Stag Do he attended on the Greek island of Mykonos the week before didn't affect his golfing performance. Captain Luke Donald knew of McIlroy's plan to follow his friend's event but trusted his main star to behave, and he certainly did that.

Stag weekends are known as a rowdy affair, but not everyone has to go there and get drunk out of their minds. It would have been excusable for Rory to miss his friend Stag due to the importance of the Ryder Cup. But everything turned out very well in the end.

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