McIlroy hit his dad with an errant shot at the Masters
Rory McIlroy exchanges clubs with caddie Harry Diamond on the 4th hole during the first round of The Masters golf tournament.  Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy struggled during the first round of the Masters on Thursday, and the four-time major champion’s father felt his pain — literally.

McIlroy pulled his tee shot left on the 7th hole and ended up with a difficult angle into the green. He tried to move the ball right to left with his approach shot, but he was unsuccessful and ended up hitting a spectator in the leg. The patron was his own father.

The shot was later shown on ESPN with audio of McIlroy’s exchange with his caddie. McIlroy’s caddie asked if the ball hit Rory’s dad, and McIlroy said that it did.

McIlroy ended up making a bogey — his third in a row — on the hole. For someone who will always have his infamous Masters meltdown in the back of his mind, hitting your dad with an errant shot can’t feel like the best omen.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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