Rory McIlroy Almost Misses Final Ryder Cup Round


Brian Spurlock-US Presswire


Sometimes it is ok to be fashionably late to an event. It works for celebrities, politicians – even brides. There is nothing like a whole group of friends or fans waiting for your arrival to a venue. But, however, this really doesn’t work for a sporting event, especially if it is on a worldwide scale like the Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy is the world’s top golfer this year. But on Sunday, he almost missed the party. He showed up at the Medinah Country Club only minutes before he was supposed to tee off against Keegan Bradley, who is on fire right now for the U.S. team.

The final round of action includes 12 singles matches. But the top golfer this year apparently got his schedule messed up. The Irishman was watching Ryder Cup coverage on the Golf Channel Saturday night, in which they broadcast his starting time as 12:25 p.m. The information was correct. However, Medinah, near Chicago, is in the Central Time Zone. Hence, his actual tee time would be an hour earlier. Oops.

McIlroy made it on time with about 11 minutes to spare. As he made it to the first tee box, he told reporters that he is embarrassed about what happened and already was getting teased about it from Sergio Garcia and other players. The European team nervously waited for McIlroy to show up and sighed with relief when he showed up just in time.

Regardless of the mix-up, McIlroy was ready to give his all in a huge attempt to turn around the United States team’s lead of 10-6.