'Europe's on fire, USA is terrified': Elated Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry lead rowdy Ryder Cup celebrations
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry were at the center of raucous celebrations as Team Europe regained the Ryder Cup on Sunday.
Footage from the team bus showed the Irish duo leading chants and drinking straight from the trophy.
McIlroy belted out: “Europe's on fire, USA is terrified” to the tune of “Freed from Desire,” jumping up and down with Lowry.
The two also guzzled champagne from the Ryder Cup itself as Queen’s “We Are the Champions” played in the background, according to video from the Ryder Cup’s official twitter handle.
Captain Luke Donald led a rendition of the Queen anthem. Other players joined in a boisterous singalong of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers.
The revelry continued late into the night for Team Europe following their victory.
English golfer Justin Rose posted a photo on Instagram showing him drinking from the trophy. In the caption, Rose wrote, "All I can say was... It was a good night!!"
More photos showed the players keeping the party going at a reception after their bus singalongs.
Shane Lowry was pictured beaming as he posed with the trophy, surrounded by champagne and beer bottles.
While many players eventually called it a night after the long day of golf and hours of celebrating, Tyrrell Hatton powered through dressed head-to-toe in Team Europe gear.
Victor Hovland joined in on the fun by sharing a funny selfie the morning after the celebrations.
The celebrations followed a thrilling final day of play at Marco Simone Golf Club near Rome.
McIlroy said a confrontation with a US caddie fueled him during Sunday's match.
“I needed that to fuel me today and not let it take away from what has been a great week,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I felt like I used it to my advantage.”
McIlroy cruised to a 3&1 singles victory over Sam Burns, his fourth point of the Ryder Cup matches.
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Shortly after, Tommy Fleetwood’s half point in his match clinched the cup for Europe.
The 16.5-11.5 win marked a dramatic turnaround from Europe’s blowout loss at Whistling Straits in 2021.
An emotional McIlroy fought back tears, saying this redemption meant so much after his disappointing play in that 19-9 defeat.
"I just wanted to win another point for Europe. Ever since Whistling Straits I was so disappointed in my performance there, so to come here and get four points for the team means a lot to me."
Lowry also welled up, saying this fulfilled a dream and was his life’s greatest week.
"I said to Luke on the back of the 18th green there before I hit my putt, I thanked him for putting his trust in me...The last two hours were the most stressful of my life."
Wives and partners of the players joined the celebration, crowding around captain Donald and the trophy.
Rob MacIntyre must've slept well after his impressive unbeaten run in his debut Ryder Cup.
Fans have been celebrating just as much as the players have, with a fan even jumping into the pond at the Marco Simoene Golf and Country Club.