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posted: 9/30/2012 3:05 PM

Day 3 gets off to unusual start as European star nearly late for tee time

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  • USA's Phil Mickelson, left, shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus on the first hole before a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday.

      USA's Phil Mickelson, left, shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus on the first hole before a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday.
    Associated Press

  • Europe's Rory McIlroy hits out of a bunker on the fifth hole during a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday at the Medinah Country Club.

      Europe's Rory McIlroy hits out of a bunker on the fifth hole during a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday at the Medinah Country Club.
    Associated Press

  • Europe's Rory McIlroy makes his way to the first tee before a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday.

      Europe's Rory McIlroy makes his way to the first tee before a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday.
    Associated Press

  • Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

       Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.
    Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

  • Fans clamor for freebies being tossed out by the Team USA assistant captain as they wait for the start of the final day of the Ryder Cup at Medinah.

       Fans clamor for freebies being tossed out by the Team USA assistant captain as they wait for the start of the final day of the Ryder Cup at Medinah.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Europe's Rory McIlroy walks off the first tee during a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday at the Medinah Country Club.

      Europe's Rory McIlroy walks off the first tee during a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday at the Medinah Country Club.
    Associated Press

  • Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

       Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. Here, Bubba Watson tees off to start the final round of play.

       Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. Here, Bubba Watson tees off to start the final round of play.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. team assistant captain Fred Couples walks down the first fairway to get the gallery revved up prior to the first match starting Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

       U.S. team assistant captain Fred Couples walks down the first fairway to get the gallery revved up prior to the first match starting Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

       Fans for both the U.S. and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Fans for both the US and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

       Fans for both the US and European teams were out in force at the first tee Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.
    Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The third and final day of the 39th Ryder Cup got off to a bizarre start at Medinah this morning when Europe's top player, Rory McIlroy, nearly missed his tee time.

Early reports indicated McIlroy, who arrived at the course with only about 10 minutes to spare thanks to a police escort, was confused over the time zone, believing he was to tee off at 12:25 p.m., instead of 11:25 a.m.

Had he arrived with less than five minutes before his tee time, he would have been penalized a hole.

The U.S. team is holding a 10-6 lead heading into today's 12 singles matches. They need 14.5 points to bring the cup back to American soil. Europe needs 14 points to keep retain the prize they've claimed four of the last five competitions.

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