Rory McIlroy is going through a scorching time right now, and even his own father can’t escape his stray golf shots.
The Northern Irishman had a disastrous first round at the Masters, currently four par over 15 holes.
The golf icon’s quest to complete a majors grand slam already looks bleak and he needs to turn things around if he is to make the cut.
Incredibly, McIlroy even hit his OWN FATHER with one of his punches on his first turn at Augusta.
Gerry McIlroy walked to the green par four, hoping to watch his son birdie after consecutive bogeys in the fifth and sixth.
However, as Rory tried to hang his approach around a tree, he instead sliced it and despite the “before!” Cries, slamming his father directly on the calf.
You can watch the incident below….
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McIlroy was already two above par when he pushed his approach to the seventh hole to the right of the green, where he bounced back and caught his father on the back of the leg.
The former world number one had at least shouted the traditional warning of “Fore” and Gerry could see the funny side, joking with reporters, “I should ask for an autographed glove.”
McIlroy was unable to save par in the seventh and, after carding his first birdie of the day at par five eighth, three putts followed him to reach the three-turn on par.
The 31-year-old must win the Masters to complete a career grand slam, but he has struggled for form recently and has started advising coach Pete Cowen on a formal basis.
McIlroy’s last major title arrived at the 2014 US PGA Championship and he’s been without a win by any description since November 2019.