An Interview With: RORY MCILROY

Q. Everyone wants to talk about how you got to the course here this morning, tell us what happened?

RORY McILROY: I thought I was off at 12:25 instead of 11:25 and was casually making my way out of the hotel room door, and I got a call saying, you have 25 minutes till tee off. I was a bit worried then.

But as soon as I got to the course I was fine and settled into the match and obviously delighted to win.

Q. How did it happen?

RORY McILROY: I read the tee times on my phone, and they are obviously on Eastern time and it's Central time here. So an hour back, so one of those things.

Q. Police escort to the course?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, police car, in the front of the police car. At least I wasn't in the back.

No, police car and got here as fast as we could.

Q. Just tell us how you played after that obviously because great to take down a man who has been a bullwort for the U.S. side.

RORY McILROY: I played great. I was very solid out there today. Didn't really do much wrong. He made a few mistakes and I took advantage of that.

Q. So much going on behind you, how do you think it looks from a European point of view at the moment?

RORY McILROY: We got off to a good start but there's a lot of tight matches in the middle and the end, and if we can sort of turn around or get them to go our way, we still have a great chance.

Q. We talked about the well documented coming in late, you got here at 11:14, 11 minutes to spare. How unnerving was the whole process for you this morning?

RORY McILROY: I was just casually walking out of my hotel room and got a phone call saying you've got 25 minutes until you tee off. I've never been so worried driving to the golf course before. Luckily there was a state trooper outside who kind of gave me the escort to here, and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have got here in time. So just ran into the clubhouse, got my shoes on and picked it up on the first tee.

Q. At what point were you able to calm down a bit?

RORY McILROY: I calmed as soon as I got here. My warm up sessions aren't if I warm up for 40 minutes, it's a long time anyway. I warmed up for like 25 minutes before I won the PGA this year, and it doesn't really just to get loose, but I'm pretty loose anyway. It was probably a really good thing I didn't have to think about it too much.

Q. You guys have gotten off to a good start on the European side. How much belief was in the room last night that Europe could come back from this deficit?

RORY McILROY: There was a lot of positivity in there, especially the way we finished. Winning those two points was crucial. We've tried to carry that momentum into today, and we've sort of done that. But we need to go out and support the boys now in the middle of the order and see if we can get them home, as well.

Q. Keegan has won all his matches this week. Extra special to take out what is their talisman really?

RORY McILROY: Yeah. When I got the match up, I liked it. I liked the idea of playing one of their strongest players and go out there a put a point on the board early for the team, and I was able to do that.

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