After a hatless Olympics, Rory McIlroy confirmed he will wear a cap at the Ryder Cup.
This year’s Ryder Cup will be Rory McIlroy’s first time wearing a hat, according to him.
At this year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Rory McIlroy has stated that he will be wearing a cap in a team event for the first time.
This comes after ‘hat-gate’ erupted last week, when eagle-eyed golf fans realized he didn’t wear a cap at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as well as the 2018 and 2016 Ryder Cups, all of which were team games.
As a result, McIlroy stated at this week’s Olympic Games in Tokyo that he does not wear a hat in team tournaments because his skull is “too small.”
“My skull is so small that I have to get Nike to build me special hats,” the 32-year-old remarked after his first round at Kasumigaseki Country Club last week. “Whenever I’m in a team event and the hats aren’t personalized, they’re all too big.”
In regular, individual tour tournaments, McIlroy, who is famously sponsored by Nike, is given unique, made-to-measure headwear by his kit provider.
When he competes in team events like the Olympics and the Ryder Cup, however, the team headwear is provided in a one-size-fits-all fit, which is too big for the two-time PGA Championship winner.
In 2016, the Northern Irishman addressed ‘hat-gate’ after a fan inquired why he didn’t wear a cap during the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in a Twitter Q&A.
“I have a pea head and the hats were way too big for me!” McIlroy said, echoing his Olympic response from previous week.
Fortunately for the 32-year-old, his hatless Ryder Cup performances will come to an end after Team Europe told him that the cap he will wear at this year’s event will be a good fit.
“Ryder Cup Europe has informed me that the hats this year will be a decent fit, so I’ll hopefully have a hat on my head for Whistling Straits,” McIlroy said ahead of this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Despite this, it appears that the 19-time PGA Tour winner’s hat resolution came too late, as he stated that he would have loved to play in one during last week’s Olympic event while representing Team Ireland due to the oppressive heat in Tokyo. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”