Rory McIlroy admitted anger got the better of him yesterday when he let loose the now infamous heave of his 3-iron into the water on the eighth hole at Trump National Doral.
Rory double-crossed himself and found the water left of the green as he tried to hit a cut on his second shot at the 549-yard par-5. He recovered to bogey the hole on the way to shooting a 2-under par 70, good for a T11, eight shots behind leader J.B. Holmes.
“I mean, look, I just let frustration get the better of me,” Rory said after his round. “It was heat of the moment, and I mean, if it had of been any other club I probably wouldn’t have. But I didn’t need a 3‑iron for the rest of the round so I thought, why not?”
Here is Rory’s Olympic-worthy toss of the 3-iron, in case you missed it, courtesy of Shane Bacon:
Rory wasn’t without a 3-iron for long. He received a replacement from NIKE before he played the third round.
Hopefully the new 3-iron will have a nobler fate than its predecessor. What do you think about Rory’s reaction to his rinsed shot: would you like to see pros show more emotion on the course or are incidents like this a negative for the game?
UPDATE: Rory’s 3-iron has been found!