Rory McIlroy throws fan’s remote-controlled ball into water at BMW Championship

Followers had flocked to the fifteenth inexperienced on the BMW Championship within the hopes of witnessing four-time main winner Rory McIlroy discover the opening, but first witnessed the weird sight of the Northern Irishman doggedly making an attempt to maintain a ball out of it.

McIlroy and enjoying associate Scott Stallings had been approaching the top of their third spherical when a remote-controlled ball — showing to be managed by a spectator along side the inexperienced — rolled in direction of the flag.

Having circled the opening quite a few instances, the ball seemed set to lastly drop into the cup when it was swatted away by an outstretched McIlroy, who turned to face the pilot earlier than blocking one other run on the gap from the remote-guided ball.

There could be no third try as McIlroy picked up the ball earlier than hurling it into the water guarding the inexperienced, a lot to the delight of the onlooking crowd.

Cheers shortly turned to boos because the intruder — making a thumbs down gesture in direction of close by followers — was led away by stewards.

“That wasn’t exactly something I expected to see on a Saturday afternoon,” Stallings mentioned, in response to USA Right now’s Golfweek.

“He kept yelling at Rory, ‘This is my dream, this is my dream.’ I don’t know exactly what he was dreaming about, but his ball is gone.”

Stallings, who had been lining up his method shot from a close-by bunker in the course of the incident, added he had been able to step in had McIlroy not taken issues into his personal fingers.

“I thought it was great,” the American mentioned. “I was about to go and do the same thing.”

McIlroy plays his shot from the 15th tee during the third round.
Each gamers subsequently parred the opening, with Stalling’s five-under 66 spherical teeing up a ultimate day chase of the title that fell agonizingly brief. At 13-under, the World No. 61 completed only one stroke in need of compatriot Patrick Cantlay, who efficiently defended his 2021 crown.

McIlory completed 5 pictures behind Cantlay to tie for eighth, securing yet one more high 10 end after fifth and third place finishes on the US and British Opens respectively in latest months.

It additionally marked the Northern Irishman’s main function in one other weird spherical of golf, following a unprecedented first Open spherical in July.
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