In 2012, Rory McIlroy almost missed his tee-time for the Medinah Ryder Cup, but thanks to a police car, he made it just in time. Years later and he’s been reunited with the tournament saving vehicle.
The story goes, that apparently Rory confused Central and Eastern times zones and needed to be rushed to the course to make his tee-time against Keegan Bradley. That year the European’s won when Tiger Woods missed a putt against Francesco Molinari, conceding the hole and giving the outright win to Europe. Later Europeans named this Ryder Cup the Miracle at Medinah and is regarded as one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history.
Ian Poulter, also on the team at the time, obviously knew about the whole mishap with Rory and ended up buying the police car that escorted him to the tournament. If you didn’t know already, Poulter has a sort of fetish for sports cars and I guess this Ford fit in with his rare and historical collection.
The ebay description of the car was as follows:
You are bidding on the unmarked Village of Lombard police car that was used to rush pro golfer Rory McIlroy to the Ryder Cup. Rory was staying at the Westin hotel in Lombard, IL and had thought his tee off time was an hour later than it actually was on the final day of the Ryder Cup being held at Medinah Country Club. Lombard’s Deputy Police Chief Pat Rollins used this car to rush McIlroy to the tournament with only minutes to spare. The Europeans went on to win the tournament largely due to McIlroy’s play. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of sports history not to mention a darn fine automobile. Vehicle is in good running condition with only 88,900 miles on it!
Before the 2016 Ryder Cup, Poulter posted this image on twitter trolling team USA with that 2012 victory and the car that got Rory there for the win.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 22, 2016
Both Poulter and McIlroy were at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and Rory decided he needed to see the car again for himself. Of course there was a photo-op of Rory in the passenger seat.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 19, 2017
Looks like the police cars at the time had the Ryder Cup symbol and the American flag etched into their interiors. Quite a nice touch. Good on Poulter for reuniting the two.