RORY McIlroy turned up fashionably late to help Europe record an unbelievable Ryder Cup victory last night.
On a day of high drama McIlroy needed a police escort to get him to the course on time for his singles match against Keegan Bradley – after getting confused by American time zones.
Reflecting on the win, McIlroy said: This is one of the most perfect days on a golf course. We wanted to lead from the front and get points on the board, and we did that.
“I am delighted for Martin. He showed nerves of steel to sink that putt.”
McIlroy dedicated the win to Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros and current captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
“This is for the two of them. We knew how much it meant for Olly to win this.
“Also for Seve who no doubt is looking down on us.”
Explaining his late arrival – due to a mix-up with America’s time zones – McIlroy added: “I was just casually strolling out of my hotel room when I got a phone call saying you have 25 minutes.
“I have never been so worried driving to the course. I was in a police car coming here but I got here and managed a couple of practice putts.”
“I warmed up for 25 minutes before I won the (US) PGA this year. It was nearly a good thing because I did not have to think about it too much.
“If I let myself down then I can deal with that, but to let down your team-mates, vice-captains and captain would have been unforgiveable. I am happy to get the point and help out the team.”