Rory McIlroy readily picked-up a hefty Ryder Cup six-player Atlanta dinner bill but his five European Ryder Cup dinner pals joked he should send the bill to Team Captain, Thomas Bjorn for reimbursement.
Of course, McIlroy was instrumental in leading a wind-up of Bjorn during last fortnight’s BMW Championship, with Bjorn ‘tongue-in-cheek’ suggesting he would punish McIlroy by only allowing him to contest the Sunday Singles in next week’s Ryder Cup. And McIlroy could again be in the Dane’s bad book if he sends the bill to Bjorn.
The dinner was on Tuesday night with McIlroy arriving with two bottles of his favourite French Bordeaux and joined by World No. 1 Justin Rose, fellow Open Champion, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey and Versailles rookies Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood in a team-bonding session on the eve of the Tour Championship.
“Rory ordered steak, Francesco, who said he is on a gluten-free diet, ordered fish and ‘JR’ (Justin Rose) went for a whole bunch of salads – very professional from the World No. 1,” said Casey, a former Irish Open winner.
“Jon had a steak-type dish for a starter and then fish for the main course and then he was the only guy to go for a desert (laughing) while Rory brought two bottles of what were quite expensive Bordeaux and he also had steak.”
So, was it then a case of ‘Credit Card Roulette’ Casey was asked? A game where everyone at the dinner table throws their credit card into a hat and the one chosen is the one who is left with the bill.
“No, there was no ‘credit card roulette’ with Rory right in there to pick-up the bill with suggestions, and hopefully he does, of sending it on to Thomas,” said Casey still laughing.
We’re still waiting for the ‘payback’ from Bjorn for the car prank and wouldn’t be surprised to see something in the coming week.