By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
The police car that escorted Rory McIlroy to Medinah for his singles match at last year's Ryder Cup is up for auction.
After being confused by what time zone he was in, McIlroy narrowly avoided missing his tee time against Keegan Bradley when a police escort got him to the course with minutes to spare.
McIlroy went on to defeat Bradley, 2 and 1, as Europe matched the largest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup history.
The car -- a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria with just under 90,000 miles -- belongs to the village of Lombard, Ill., and was already slated for replacement.
The auction is set to conclude Monday, April 8, and the current bid is at $3,250.
After serving as an assistant each of the last two Ryder Cups, McGinley will lead Europe in 2014.
Paul McGinley was appointed captain of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old Irishman beat out Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie.
McGinley played on three victorious Ryder Cup teams from 2002 to 2006. In nine matches, he earned 4 1/2 points. He was also an assistant captain on each of the last two Ryder Cup teams.
Europe will defend the trophy at Gleneagles, Scotland.
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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Steve Stricker hasn’t played golf since the U.S. lost the Ryder Cup two months ago outside Chicago.
“It still lingers,” Stricker said Tuesday from the World Challenge presented by Northwestern Financial. ”That wasn’t much fun the way it ended.”
None of it, at least inside the ropes, was fun for Stricker, who failed to earn a point in four matches, which included going 0-for-3 alongside Tiger Woods. Stricker said the loss hurt more than anything else in his 24 years on the PGA TOUR, including the years in which he lost his card.
“I feel a lot of responsibility for not winning a point,” Stricker said. “I still think about it a lot, and there are reminders all over the place. Every corner I take (at home), there’s a picture from the Ryder Cup or a present or something.”
Stricker added that he wouldn’t have changed anything about the experience -- other than the outcome.
He was so haunted by the defeat, he had trouble sleeping the first two weeks after the historic collapse.
“I think it still hurts a lot of us just because how it all played out,” said Stricker, who never had more than a 1-up lead in any of his matches and who trailed for much of them.
If there’s a moment that sticks out in particular, it came on the 17th hole on Sunday against Martin Kaymer.
Stricker hit his tee shot through the green on the par-3 and failed to get up and down to save par. Kaymer made his par to take a 1-up lead he would never relinquish.
“I haven’t watched it,” Stricker said of the matches. “I don’t plan on watching it.
“I feel a lot of responsibility there just because I didn’t do anything for the team.”
As for playing on the next team when he’ll be 47 years old, the wounds of this loss are still too fresh for Stricker to think that far ahead.
“Not right now,” he said. “I’ve had a good run with it. It’s been a lot of fun. Yeah, you know what, I don’t know. It still stings. It’s not a fair question at this time.”
The PGA of America announced on Wednesday that Canadian-based Sunice has been chosen as an official licensed product partner for the 2011 and 2012 PGA Championship as well as the 2012 Ryder Cup.
The Sunice gear is made with GORE-TEX, which should solve the problem the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team encountered when its Sun Mountain suits began leaking at Celtic Manor last October -- though an outfitter has yet to be chosen.
The company will also provide the waterproof outerwear that will be worn by the 2011 and 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup teams.
The 2011 PGA Championship will be played at Atlanta Athletic Club on Aug. 11-14, while the 2012 Ryder Cup will be held at The Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago. -- Brian Wacker