A famous, 3am photograph of a scantily clad Rory McIlroy alongside Steven Gallacher epitomises what the victorious European Ryder Cup team are all about, according captain Paul McGinley.
The photograph, posted on Twitter at the time, of McIlroy showing off his impressive abs wearing nothing but a kilt and a wig alongside Gallacher went viral.
It was taken following a night of celebrations after McGinley’s men secured the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles in September and at last Monday’s star-studded Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Awards, McGinley discussed the photo and claimed it reflected the extremes and camaraderie in the European dressing room.
“He (McIlroy) is incredibly fit as you can see,” said McGinley.
“I love this image, there are two extremes. Without being unkind to Stevie, there are two extremes in our team room.
“You have Rory McIlroy who is an absolute global superstar and everywhere he goes in the world he is instantly recognisable.
“And Stevie Gallagher who is a local boy, never played in a Ryder Cup before this year, just turned 40 and at the age of 40 it is unusual to make your Ryder Cup debut in his hometown and local area. He had a great couple of years and made the team.
“So you have the two extremes of the global superstar and the local hero and the body language, they are so comfortable in each other’s environment and the bottle of Budweiser in Stevie’s hand, they were having a good time. I think it was three in the morning when that was taken.
“That was the American team room, that wasn’t our team room. All the fun was in their room.”