LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Rory McIlroy's generosity seems to know no bounds after he conked a 16-year-old spectator in the head at the 141st British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
After watching his drive bounce off Jason Blue's skull and out of bounds on the par-4 15th hole on Thursday, McIlroy not only gave the injured Blue a signed golf glove, he also paid for Blue and his pal to spend the night in a hotel. (The two had planned to camp in a park.) He also gave them dinner money.
"The most important thing was that he was okay," McIlroy said after his first-round 67.
After signing for a second-round 75 Friday, McIlroy said he tried to do even more.
"Yeah, I thought it was the least I could do," said the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, the second-ranked player in the world. "I didn't want him sleeping the night in a tent when he's got a massive gash in the side of his head. I put him and his mate up for the night and gave them a bit of cash to go for a bit of food last night. I actually tried to get them into the hotel for a couple more nights, but they were just fully booked, so last night was the only night they got to spend.
"But as I said, it was the least I could do," McIlroy added. "If someone gave me a big hole in my head, I wouldn't be too happy."
Representatives of The Sun newspaper of Scotland put McIlroy in touch with Blue late Thursday. Asked how much money he gave the golf-watching teen-agers, McIlroy said, "Not much, like--well, it depends, it's all relative. A hundred something quid."
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