May 3 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Luckily, there were no injuries. Well, unless you count the strained hamstring suffered by Rory McIlory's manager, Stuart Cage.
McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Nathan Green and Brendan de Jonge, though, came out of Monday evening's soccer match at E.E. Waddell High School unscathed. Just not unbeaten.
"(We) played a local team from here who were a lot better than us," McIlory explained with a grin.
The final score was 7-4. McIlroy and his cohorts trailed 4-1 at halftime but came back to even the score midway through the second half.
"Then they turned it on at the end and beat us," McIlroy said. "But it was great fun. Luckily no injuries, so we're ready to go for this week."
Kaymer was quick to point out that "I made the first goal, so I kept the team going." Of course, McIlroy joked that he didn't remember seeing Kaymer until halftime so there seems to be some discrepancy.
For the record, McIlroy, Garcia and Michael Doren, Camilo Villegas' caddy, joined Kaymer in scoring goals in the losing effort. And when asked whether there were any red cards issued, though, McIlroy quickly jumped in.
"No sort of reckless challenges going in, so it was okay," he said, smiling. – Helen Ross