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Monday 20 November 2017

Video: Cupful of Jagerbombs for Rory in golf victory party

Rory McIlroy was in danger of wearing out the exclamation mark on his mobile phone as he disclosed some of the details of Europe's party after they won the Ryder Cup on Monday. "What a week!!" he wrote. "Think I'm still drunk! Jagerbombs out of the Ryder Cup! Great banter with euros and Americans last night!"

Colin Montgomerie presumably did not engage in "Jagerbombing" -- a cocktail made up of dropping a shot of German Jagermeister liquor into a glass, or trophy in this case, of Red Bull -- since he planned to drive from Newport back to his home in Perth, six hours away, yesterday.



Like most of his team, the Europe captain is due to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland this week. Montgomerie went to bed just after midnight, leaving his team to continue the party in Merlins Bar at Celtic Manor.

Paul McGinley, one of Europe's vice-captains, said yesterday that Montgomerie had restricted the team party to players, caddies, wives and members of the support staff for the first three hours, before allowing guests to attend from 10pm.

"There is a really strong bond in this team," McGinley said. "You have to remember that most of them are quite young and will only get better. Whoever captains them at the next Ryder Cup will have an even stronger team at his disposal."

McGinley, who played on three winning teams, may well captain Europe himself one day, although he said that it was something you were honoured with rather than aspired to.

The Americans came into the Europe team room to join in the party, with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods attempting to regain lost honour by taking on allcomers at table tennis, while McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were filmed by Ian Poulter singing We Are The Champions.

"There was a lot of respect between the teams at the party," McGinley said. "They get on well with each other. I don't know what time everyone went to bed but I left at 1.30am and when I came down for breakfast seven hours later no one was in sight."

The Irishman was given the task of following Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell in the singles on Monday and as the match came down to McDowell needing to beat Hunter Mahan, one of McGinley's tasks was to reassure the player and his captain.

"I wasn't allowed to speak to Graeme, but I could convey confidence through my body language and by getting lots of blue jerseys out to support him," he said. "I kept on telling Monty on the walkie-talkie that you put him out last for a reason, because he could do the job."

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