Rory McIlroy Makes Par After Drive Lands in Spectator’s Pocket

September 15, 2014


Now this is a par save.

During Friday's round at the Tour Championship, Rory McIlroy hit an errant drive on No. 14 at East Lake Golf Club. No biggie. Except his ball bounced off a tree and into a spectator's pocket.

Here's what happened when McIlroy realized the location of his tee shot.

"I wasn't going in there," McIlroy said after the round. "I know how sweaty my pockets are. I'm not going into anyone else's. It's not the first time (it happened) this year, either," McIlroy said. "I just had a ball go up someone's trouser at the Scottish Open in Aberdeen. I just need to stop hitting it off line and these things won't happen. I got a lucky break there. That ball could have went anywhere off that tree, and I was able to hit it on the green and make par there and keep the momentum going."


McIlroy got a free drop, knocked his approach on the green and two-putted for his par.'s ShotTracker doesn't quite do it justice:


Rory McIlroy


McIlroy is one of five players who can claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus with a victory at the Tour Championship. That would complete a spectacular season in which McIlroy has won three tournaments, including the British Open and PGA Championship. He's already won $7,572,096 and is lurking around the top of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship. With breaks like this, luck is on his side.

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