By GolfChannel.com Team, Golf Channel
Rory McIlroy’s disappointing Ryder Cup nearly ended in disaster. McIlroy arrived at Medinah Country Club just 10 minutes before his 12:25 p.m. ET tee time. (Click for full singles matches)
Note, that’s Eastern Time not Central Time. According to Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, McIlroy thought his singles match against Keegan Bradley was 12:25 local time. In order to make it to the Chicago-area course in time – and make it through the enormous crowds and traffic – McIlroy received a police escort.
McIlroy ran from his car to the practice putting green, hit a couple of putts, ate an energy bar and then pushed his tee shot right.
Thousands of fans on the first tee had fun at McIlroy’s expense. As Bradley waited on the tee, they chanted, “Where is Rory?”
And when he finally made his way across the scaffolding and toward 1 tee, they yelled, “Cen-tral time zone!”
With a smile on his face, McIlroy told Sands that he blamed Golf Channel for his late arrival because he kept hearing that his match was at 12:25 ET, forgetting what time zone he was in.
"Confused McIlroy nearly misses singles match," by GolfChannel.com Team, appears courtesy of Golf Channel.