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November 02, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Police car that raced McIlroy to Ryder Cup headed for auction

Posted at 12:31 PM by Golf.com | Categories: Truth & Rumors

The village of Lombard, Ill., has plans to auction off the squad car that raced Rory McIlroy to Medinah just in time for his match against Keegan Bradley on the Sunday of the Ryder Cup, according to the Daily Herald.

Last month, Lombard deputy police chief Patrick Rollins drove McIlroy in an unmarked 2005 Ford Crown Victoria from the Westin Hotel in Lombard to Medinah Country Club, a 20-minute commute without traffic, in 30 minutes. After sleeping in, McIlroy teed off without warming up and went on to win his match, which helped spark Europe's historic comeback.

But before you can bid on the most famous car in golf since Bubba Watson's bought the General Lee, town officials need to decide if Deputy Chief Rollins will be able to commute in his replacement car to his home 10 miles away.

Most village vehicles authorized for personal use are driven to homes in Lombard or within four miles of the village limits. So [Village Manager David] Hulseberg proposed a compromise in which Rollins still would be allowed to commute in his assigned vehicle, as long as he reimburses the village for extra daily commuting mileage past the four-mile radius.

BTW, if McIlroy ever needs a ride from Rollins again, his new vehicle will be a $17,118 Ford Fusion hybrid.

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