Next time the Illinois State Police are looking for donations, their first call should be to Rory McIlroy.
The world's No. 1 golfer needed a police escort to make it to the first tee on time Sunday after mixing up his time zones. He made it with 10 minutes to spare, giving him just enough time to eat an energy bar, take a few strokes on the putting green and hustle to the tee.
''I've never been so worried driving to the golf course before,'' McIlroy said. ''Luckily there was a state trooper who gave me the escort to here. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have got here in time.''
McIlroy was reading the Ryder Cup tee times on his phone and saw that he and Bradley were teeing off at 12:25 p.m.
One problem: That was Eastern time. Medinah Country Club, outside Chicago, is in the Central time zone.
''All of the sudden we realized Rory was not here, and we started to look for him,'' European captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. ''Nobody knew.''
Finally, at 11, someone called McIlroy.