EXCLUSIVE: Now he CAN wear a cap! US Ryder Cup star Patrick Cantlay kisses new wife Nikki Guidish after their Rome wedding, 24 hours on from his hat-snub controversy (but he was just avoiding a ‘golfer’s tan’!)
- Patrick Cantlay tied the knot with his fiancee Nikki Guidish in Rome on Monday
- It came a day after the American suffered disappointment at the Ryder Cup
- Cantlay was at the centre of a storm over the three days of the competition
Patrick Cantlay has married his partner Nikki Guidish in Rome, in the aftermath of America’s disappointing Ryder Cup in the Italian capital.
The 31-year-old found himself in a whirlwind of controversy during the tournament, as the likes of Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm led Team Europe to victory at the Marco Simeone Golf and Country Club.
He was able to put that all behind him though as he married Guidish, a 31-year-old pharmacist and former fitness model in a stunning wedding in Rome.
It took place on Monday at the St. Regis Hotel which overlooks the Piazza della Repubblica and Baths of Diocletian in the picturesque city – 24 hours after the Ryder Cup defeat.
Guidish wore a backless lace gown, featuring a billowing skirt with floral detailing and a heart-shaped bodice.
Patrick Cantlay shared an intimate kiss with his wife Nikki Guidish (left) after leaving their hotel in Rome, with the American golfer even seen wearing a cap after his Ryder Cup controversy
The pair got married in a stunning wedding in the Italian capital just 24 hours after his defeat
Xander Schauffele’s father, Stefan, claimed Cantlay (right) didn’t want to wear a cap during the 2023 Ryder Cup was because he didn’t want a ‘golfer’s tan’ for his wedding
Cantlay went public with his relationship with Guidish in 2021 before they got engaged last year
Guidish was the picture-perfect bride in a backless lace gown, featuring a billowing skirt with floral detailing and a heart-shaped bodice
Cantlay seen speaking to his wife as they leave the Eden Hotel in the Italian capital
Photos from Tuesday showed both of the newlyweds wearing their wedding rings
Cantley’s trip to Italy has ended on a happier note following America’s Ryder Cup loss
The sleeveless dress was teamed with diamond drop earrings and a white veil, while the elegant bride opted for a chic up-do hairstyle.
Cantlay went public with the relationship back in 2021, with the couple announcing their engagement one year later.
Guidish had been in Rome in the lead-up to the wedding to support her now husband during the Ryder Cup.
‘The start to an amazing week with incredible people,’ she wrote on social media alongside a selection of photos from the Ryder Cup’s opening gala on the eve of the tournament getting underway.
The pair have today been pictured leaving the Eden Hotel in Rome, with the newlyweds seen sharing an intimate kiss and showing off their wedding rings.
Cantlay in the pictures was seen wearing a cap with the American flag on.
Part of the controversy that surrounded him at the Ryder Cup was his decision to refuse to wear a team cap.
Cantlay was accused of sparking a rift within Team USA after he questioned why players were not being paid to play in Rome, with the gesture to not wear a cap said to be him showing his frustration.
Cantlay has had a positive end to his trip to Italy following a controversial Ryder Cup
Cantlay’s wife Guidish (left) is a 31-year-old pharmacist and former fitness model
Guidish has been in Italy this week to support the USA team during their defeat by Europe
Cantlay and Guidish are pictured with Xander Schauffele and his wife Maya Lowe in Rome
He denied this, as when asked if he’d wear it for a team photo, he said: ‘The hat doesn’t fit. It didn’t fit at Whistling Straits [in 2021], and didn’t fit this week. Everyone knows that.
‘I was going to go no hat all week regardless, so I figured would I keep it consistent.’
American team-mate Xander Schauffele’s father, Stefan, though claimed the reason that Cantlay was not wearing a cap during the 2023 Ryder Cup was because he didn’t want to ruin his wedding photos with a golfer’s tan line across his face.
Cantlay’s decision though ultimately sparked taunts from the home crowd and eventually led to a furious row involving Rory McIlroy and Cantlay’s caddie Joe LaCava.
The caddie took off his cap and waved it in the air when Cantlay made a decisive putt on 18 in the crucial last four-ball match, which seemingly irked McIlroy.
LaCava was hitting back at the fans who had been taunting Cantlay all day, waving their hats in the air and chanting ‘where’s your cap?’
The Northern Irishman had reportedly asked LaCava, thought to be 68, ‘politely’ to move out the way, yet the caddie continued to ignore the request for some time.
Cantlay’s caddie Joe LaCava sparked a fierce row with Rory McIlroy (left) on the second day of the Ryder Cup
That subsequently sparked an altercation in the car park following the day’s play, with McIlroy being seen in a video clashing with Justin Thomas’ caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, after he clashed with LaCava on the 18th green.
He could be heard shouting ‘This can’t happen, this can’t happen – it’s a f*****g disgrace,’ with a security guard forced to step in before teammate Shane Lowry guided him to a waiting BMW 4×4.
After winning the Ryder Cup, McIlroy said: ‘Walking off the 18th yesterday (Saturday) was probably the angriest I’ve ever been in my career. I said it to the US guys, I thought it was disgraceful what went on and I made that clear.’
McIlroy also denied reports that he met up with LaCava for a clear-the-air meeting.
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