MEDINAH, Ill. - As the 11:25 CDT starting time approached Sunday at the Ryder Cup, there was one small problem for Europe.
Its biggest name, two-time major champion Rory McIlroy, wasn't at Medinah CC. "All of a sudden, we realized Rory wasn't here," said European captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
With the aid of a police escort, McIlory was driven to Medinah and arrived at 11:14 a.m. CDT, 11 minutes before he was to tee off.
A few putts, a few swings with a couple of clubs without hitting any practice balls, an energy bar and McIlroy was off to the first tee, where the pro-American gallery had some fun.
McIlroy pushed his opening tee shot, but halved the first hole with a par.