Posted September 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 s...

McIlroy nearly misses tee time

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Rory McIlroy Wears Clock Around His Neck at Ryder Cup Celebration After Time Zone Mix-Up (Photo)

Rory McIlroy had some issues with time zones on Sunday morning, and it almost cost the golfer dearly. Luckily for him -- and the rest of the European Ryder Cup team -- McIlroy was able to get to Medinah Country Club with just a few minutes to spare on Sunday morning. From there, he helped the Euros to a historic comeback, winning his match in the team's successful attempt to...

Rory McIlroy Gets Time Zones Mixed Up, Nearly Misses Tee Time at Ryder Cup

MEDINAH, Ill. -- This wasn't the start Europe planned. Already facing a big deficit at the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy needed a police escort to the first tee after mixing up his time zones. Watching TV, he saw the tee time for his singles match against Keegan Bradley listed at 12:25 p.m. One problem: That was Eastern time. Medinah Country Club, outside Chicago, is in the Central...

Rory McIlroy wears giant clock around his neck after nearly missing Ryder Cup tee time (Picture)

Rory McIlroy gave European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal and the rest of his Ryder Cup teammates a heck of a scare at the start of the final day of the event when he nearly missed his tee time. As we told you on Sunday, McIlroy supposedly got his time zones mixed up when watching TV and thought his tee time was an hour later than it actually was. He arrived just 11 minutes before...

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