The epic comeback that Europe used to beat the US at the Ryder Cup might have never been if it wasn’t for a suburban Chicago policeman.After Rory McIlroy got his time zoned mixed up and was still at his hotel 25 minutes before his tee time, Lombard Deputy Police Chief Patrick Rollins rushed him to the course.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
“He looked stunned, anxious and looked like a lot was going through his mind like I would have been,” said Rollins. “So I asked him if he’d be OK with me driving because of the possibility of motion sickness.”
McIlroy said: “No, just get me there. Get me there.”
Rollins called ahead to clear traffic in front of him and McIlroy got to the course in time.
He then beat Keegan Bradley to secure a critical point for Europe without a proper warmup.
Rollins says he has taken some heat for not sabotaging McIlroy, but he was just doing his duty and doesn’t take any blame for the US collapse.
After Europe won the Cup, Rory was presented with an enormous alarm clock:
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