Symbolizing his catastrophic first round of the Augusta Masters on Thursday, Northern Irishman
unintentionally struck his father on the leg in an erratic approach shot on the seventh hole.
The former world number one, who had just made two
in a row on holes 5 and 6, pitched out of position between two trees.
His shot went wide to the right and hit his father,
, as he walked onto the
"I should ask for an autographed glove," Gerry McIlroy joked afterward.
The golfer, who could not avoid a third
bogey in a
row, achieved a
on the next hole, but made another
on the ninth and two more on 11 and 13. The
on 15 did not prevent the Northern Irishman from finishing on the lower area of the table.
His +4 card will force him to go back a lot on Friday so as not to be left out of the cut.
dreams of reaching for Augusta's green jacket to close all four Grand Slam tournaments with victory
The Northern Irishman won the US Open in 2011, the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014 and the British Open in 2014. His last victory on the PGA circuit was in 2019 in Shanghai.
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