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A spectator swings by Rory McIlroy at the Scottish Open

A spectator was escorted off the field at the Scottish Open on Friday after he took a club out of Rory McIlroy’s bag and took some flips with him.

The accident occurred on the 10th tee, as McIlroy was waiting to start his second round at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

Footage circulated widely on social media showed a man walking toward the tee, taking off the McIlroy driver’s headgear, then taking an iron out of the bag. McIlroy, a four-time winner, is seen looking on in bewilderment.

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Eventually, a security guard escorted the man by the shirt after handing the club over to Harry Diamond, McIlroy’s cart.

“At approximately 8 a.m. on Friday, the spectator entered the 10th tee area,” a statement from the European Tour read.

“He was quickly escorted from the tee by security personnel and it was in the hands of Police Scotland.” US Open champion John Ram and Justin Thomas, No. 1 and 3 in the world, respectively, were also teammates for McIlroy. No one was injured in the accident.

“Players scoffed at it, saying they knew he wasn’t a golfer when they saw his fist,” David Wilson, a member of the nearby Kilspendy club that published the footage, told The Scotsman.


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