Rory McIlroy found himself in a police car on Sunday.

No, really. He really did. Here’s the proof.

Why is Rory in a police car, you say? Well, let’s take a step back, to the long-ago year of 2012. It was Sunday morning of the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah golf club, and to say Europe was in a bad situation would be an understatement. They trailed the U.S. by four points heading into Sunday singles – a deficit no team had ever overcome. And to make matters worse on the morning of the final round the team’s star player, Rory McIlroy, was nowhere to be seen.

Because of a mix-up in timezones, it turned out that Rory had overslept – so much that he was about to miss his tee-time, which would’ve resulted in an automatic loss of the match. He managed to make it just in time thanks to an impromptu wake up call and – you guessed it – a police escort.


The world’s No. 1 golfer needed a police escort to make it to the first tee on time Sunday after mixing up his time zones. He made it with 10 minutes to spare, giving him just enough time to scarf down an energy bar, take a few strokes on the putting green and hustle to the tee.

“I’ve never been so worried driving to the golf course before,” McIlroy said. “Luckily there was a state trooper who gave me the escort to here. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have got here in time.”

Despite the frenetic events leading up to it, McIlroy claimed a 2&1 victory over Keegan Bradley, helping team Team Europe to an unprecidented comeback victory that has since been dubbed “The Miracle at Medinah.” Had it not been for that police car, it could’ve turned out very differently, so it’s only appropriate for Rory to pay his respects.

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