A close arrival didn't slow McIlroy down

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A close arrival didn't slow McIlroy down

MEDINAH The car carrying Rory McIlroy screeched to a halt at 11:14 a.m., and the worlds No. 1 player hurried to make his 11:25 tee time.

Apparently, the late arrival wasnt detrimental to McIlroys golf game.

McIlroy beat Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1, as Team USA was weathering a Europe comeback at the Ryder Cup on Sunday afternoon. McIlroys victory brought Europe to within one, 10-9, at the time. For McIlroy, who never trailed Bradley in their Sunday singles match, the rushed trip occurred after he scanned his tee time on his phone which had them listed in Eastern Standard Time.

I was just casually walking out of my hotel room and I got a phone call saying youve got 25 minutes until you tee off. Ive never been so worried driving to the golf course before, said McIlroy immediately after his victory. Luckily there was a state trooper outside who kind of gave me the escort to here, and if it wasnt for him I wouldnt have gotten here in time. So I just ran into the clubhouse, got my shoes on and picked it up on the first tee.

McIlroy said he was pretty calm as soon as he got to Medinah. He added his warmups arent ever too lengthy, anyway -- it was probably a really good thing I didnt have to think about it too much.

And for the most part, McIlroy played like a relaxed guy on Sunday. Team USA held a solid 10-6 lead entering Sundays singles matches. But Team Europe won the first four matches including McIlroys to tie it 10-10 with a handful of matches remaining.

Sundays loss was Bradleys first in this, his first Ryder Cup appearance. Bradley went 3-0 in the first two days of team competition, becoming the first Ryder rookie since Loren Roberts (1995) to do that in his first three team matches.

McIlroy said it was a little more special besting one of Team USAs finest this weekend.

When I got the matchup, I liked it, he said. I liked the idea of playing one of their strongest players, (and perhaps) go out there and put a point on the board early for the team. And I was able to do that.

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Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

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Watch as the Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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