Rory McIlroy Nearly Hit by Emiliano Grillo Drive at Open

October 18, 2015

Rory McIlroy’s season debut at the Open hasn’t been what he had hoped — but it could have been a lot worse.

McIlroy was nearly hit from a tee shot by Emiliano Grillo while on the 17th green on Saturday. McIlroy, who shot a 1-under 71 in the third round, chipped onto the green on the short par-4 17th, took a few steps and was nearly struck by Grillo’s drive. The ball landed a couple of inches to the left of McIlroy’s left foot and then took a big hop behind him.

“Missed me by a couple inches,” McIlroy said afterward. “Would have put me out of my misery out there a little bit, to be honest with you.”

McIlroy said Grillo likely hit his drive due to miscommunication on the tee since it’s a blind green. You can watch the Golf Channel clip below.

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McIlroy is 6-under and T39 heading into Sunday’s final round, eight shots behind leader Brendan Steele.