By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
The police officer who got Rory McIlroy to Medinah (Ill.) Country Club in time for his tee time in Sunday’s singles matches at the Ryder Cup has been identified: Lombard (Ill.) Deputy Police Chief Pat Rollins.
CBS Chicago tracked down Rollins, who was working player security at the team hotel.
When Ryder Cup officials realized McIlroy wasn’t at the course for his 11:25 a.m. tee time — McIlroy thought he was teeing off an hour later because he’d seen the times in Eastern Time — they sent someone to his room. “She just went up and said, ‘Rory, are you OK?’ and he answered the door and said, ‘Yes, what’s the matter?’” and (she) said, ‘You’re on the tee,’” Don Larson of Medinah Country Club told the network.
McIlroy had less than a half hour before his tee time. That’s when Rollins went into action.
“I just wanted to make sure if I was maneuvering around, I just wanted to make sure he was gonna be OK with it,” Rollins told CBS. “I asked him, ‘Do you get motion sickness?’”
“I said no, no, no, I don’t care if I’m sick, just get me to that first tee,” McIlroy said. “I’ve never been so worried going to the golf course. Luckily, there was a state trooper.”
McIlroy arrived with 11 minutes to spare, then went on to beat Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1, ultimately helping Europe to a historic 14 1/2-13 1/2 win over the U.S.
“He went right in the locker room, didn’t say anything, didn’t even tie his shoes ‘til he got the first tee,” Larson told CBS Chicago.
Added Rollins: “I’ve had plenty of people express that to me, if I would have gotten a flat tire, if i would have taken him to a different golf course. It’ll be something I’ll remember all my life.”