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SportMcIlroy reminisces on frantic police escort to '12 Ryder Cup at Medinah

01:05  14 august  2019
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Thomas crushes Medinah with 61 and takes 6-shot lead

Thomas crushes Medinah with 61 and takes 6-shot lead MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Justin Thomas opened with five straight birdies, added a pair of eagles and shattered the course record at soft, vulnerable Medinah with an 11-under 61 to take a six-shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship. Thomas hit 5-wood to 2 feet for an eagle on No. 10, holed out from 180 yards with an 8-iron on No. 16 and eight birdies. He was at 21-under 195, six shots clear of Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay, and with a clear path to his first victory in a year. It also would give him the FedEx Cup lead going into the Tour Championship next week at East Lake. The start of the final round has been moved up because of more rain expected overnight and early Sunday.

McIlroy needed a police escort to arrive at Medinah with 11 minutes to spare, but the lack of warm-up time didn’t impact his play. He was scheduled to tee off at 11:25 a.m., not 12 :25 p.m., as he saw on television. A police escort got him to the course with 11 minutes to spare, giving McIlroy time to

RYDER CUP : Updating Sunday at Medinah . McIlroy ate two energy bars and took a few practice putts before European golfer Rory McIlroy , who arrived late on day three of the Ryder Cup , eats a Apparently just arrived with police escort . McIlroy is playing Keegan Bradley in his singles match

MEDINAH, Ill. – It didn’t take long for Rory McIlroy’s session with the media ahead of this week’s BMW Championship to drift back to memories from a chaotic afternoon at Medinah seven years ago.

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Ryder Cup history might have veered in a different direction had McIlroy missed his tee time for Sunday’s singles’ matches, when Europe stormed back from a 10-6 deficit to capture the biennial matches. A time zone miscommunication caused wake-up issues for the Ulsterman, who ended up taking a ride to the course in a cop car aided by a police escort, arriving with minutes to spare.

McIlroy returned to Medinah a few years ago with former Ryder Cup teammate Luke Donald to reminisce about that memorable comeback, but this week marks his first competitive appearance at Medinah since those 2012 matches.

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Rory McIlroy had an 11:25 a.m. local time (important) tee time this morning. Rory was a little bit late getting to the Ryder Cup because he has no idea central time zone and is one hour behind eastern time, so his tee time was actually 11:25 a.m. Rory arrived via police escort , mid-report, approximately

The 39th Ryder Cup was held September 28–30, 2012, in the United States at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah , Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. This was the first time that the Ryder Cup was held in Illinois.

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“You know, they did offer (a police escort) to me. So whether I take them up on it or not, I’m not sure,” McIlroy joked. “Hopefully I won’t need it. We’re staying a little closer to the course this time.”

McIlroy admitted that he hopes a bit of the “good vibes” from that week will aid him at this week’s 69-man event, where he will tee off behind only Brooks Koepka and last week’s winner, Patrick Reed, in the points race.

McIlroy’s frantic commute to Medinah seven years ago ended up having ripple effects in his off-course life as well. The car was driven by his future wife, Erica Stoll, who was working the week as part of the transportation team. The two began dating shortly thereafter and got married in 2017.

“Erica that week was always the one that was checking us in and out. She was there at transportation, so she was always in the car park over there (by the clubhouse),” McIlroy said. “But yeah, it’s still cool to look around and think about that week, and obviously everything that’s happened since then. It’s pretty cool.”

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