Rory McIlroy inadvertently hit his father Gerry with a wayward shot as he struggled to an opening 76 on day one of the 85th Masters. McIlroy was already two over par when he pushed his approach to the seventh hole to the right of the green, where it hit his father on the back of the leg. The former world number one had at least shouted the traditional warning of “Fore” and Gerry was able to see the funny side, joking with reporters: “I should ask for an autographed glove.”
- When did you find out it was your dad?
RORY MCILROY: As soon as-- I knew it was my dad when I was aiming at him, so probably 30 seconds before it hit him.
- He told a reporter nearby that he was going to demand an autographed glove. How might you have some fun with that as a follow-up?
RORY MCILROY: Yeah, I don't know. He's seen me sign plenty of stuff over the years. So I think that's the least of his worries. I think he just needs to go and put some ice on it. Maybe I'll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him.
- Thanks very much.