HE MAY have nearly missed his tee off at the Ryder Cup, but Rory McIlroy came good in the end and inspired Europe to a historic victory.
The Irishman, along with English players Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Justin Rose were the early points winners as Europe turned around the biggest deficit for an away team in the history of the competition.
On a night of high drama at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago, Europe, who had been trailing by four points overnight going into yesterday's final day, somehow caught and then beat the Americans.
Europe's stunning victory could have been so much more different if Rory hadn't been rushed to the first tee box by police car when he realised his times were wrong.
Commenting after his singles victory over Keegan Bradley at the Ryder Cup, McIlroy said that he was never more nervous going to a golf match after he made a simple, yet bizarre mistake, as to which time zone he was in.
Speaking about his ride to the course in a police car, McIlroy laughed: "At least I wasn't in the back!"
McIlroy pulled up at the clubhouse with just 10 minutes to go and no time to warm up. Yet he was still able to take time out to shake the hand of beaming former US president George Bush, who was among the 40,000 thronging the fairways watching Europe's historic victory.