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McIlroy makes up for lost time, US lead now 10-9

MEDINAH, Ill. — Rory McIlroy showed up in plenty of time to keep Europe's Ryder Cup hopes alive.

The world's No. 1 player cut the U.S. lead to 10-9 with a 2-and-1 victory over Keegan on Sunday. The Americans still only need 4 ½ points to regain the Ryder Cup, but Europe has won the first three points of the day and has leads in two other matches.

After closing out Bradley, McIlroy bowed to the crowd, a big grin on the face.

Not bad for a guy who nearly missed his tee time.

McIlroy mistakenly thought he was teeing off at 12:25 p.m. — he didn't convert for Central time — and needed a police escort to the course. He arrived with just 10 minutes to spare.