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Wed Apr 23 21:42:27 SAST 2014

Snooze nearly cost McIlroy

TEAMtalk Media | 16 August, 2012 12:220 Comments
Western & Southern Open - Day 5
Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches a tennis match between Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during day five of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2012 in Mason, Ohio
Image by: Nick Laham / Getty Images

A decision to take a quick nap before the final round of the PGA Championship nearly ended in disaster for Rory McIlroy.

The two-time major winner revealed how he very nearly overslept and missed his final-round tee time at Kiawah Island.

McIlroy had to get up at 5am on Sunday in order to complete his third round and decided to take a quick nap before he started his final 18.

But the Northern Irishman was so exhausted that he overslept.

Had it not been for his father Gerry, who was thankfully wide awake, his day might have turned out very differently.

Speaking to the Golf Channel's Morning Drive yesterday, McIlroy said: "It was such a long day. I had been up at five to finish my third round so we were in position at 7.45am.

"One thing people don't know is that I went back home and I only showed up half an hour before the tee time for the final round.

"I actually took a nap and my dad had to come and wake me up because I overslept. He said to me, 'Rory, you realise you've got to play some golf this afternoon.'

"I didn't know where I was. I was so tired."

He made it to the course with only 30 minutes to spare and the rest, as they say, is history.

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