Rory McIlroy Almost Missed The Final Round Of The Ryder Cup Because He Forgot Which Time Zone He Was In (Video)
Rory McIlroy may be the world’s best golfer right now, but apparently, his geography could still use a little work.
On Sunday, as you probably know, Team Europe staged a stunning come-from-behind victory over Team USA at the Ryder Cup in Medinah, Illinois. Trailing 10-6 heading into the last round of matches, Europe’s top players all won their singles matches (while Tigers Woods botched a 3½ foot putt for par on the 18th) to claim a 14½-13½ victory.
However, the world’s top-ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, almost didn’t play at all. You see, he thought he was scheduled to tee off at 12:25 PM. But whatever schedule Rory was looking at listed the tee times in Eastern Time. Chicago, of course, is in the Central Time Zone, which means his actual tee time was set for 11:25 AM.
Luckily for McIlroy and the rest of Team Europe, he realized his mistake in time and, thanks to a police escort, made it to the course at 11:15 AM, which gave him 10 minutes to warm up.
Then he defeated the USA’s Keegan Bradley.
Here’s a video of McIlroy arriving at Medinah in a police cruiser:
Of course, if I were the police officer driving McIlroy to the match, I might have made a wrong turn somewhere. But that’s just me—I’m a real patriot.