Video: Rory McIlroy’s Club Taken by Fan in Tee Box at 2021 Scottish Open
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A fan pulled off a high-risk heist of a
club from Rory McIlroy’s bag at the 2021 Scottish Open and managed to
take a few practice swings Friday before being escorted away by security.
The unbelievable moment on the 10th tee at the
Renaissance Club in Scotland was caught on video as the unidentified
man first grabs a head cover and then returns to the bag for a club
as McIlroy, caddie Harry Diamond and playing partner Jon Rahm look
A European Tour spokesperson told ESPN
the “matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland.”
McIlroy and Co. were just getting ready
to start their round at No. 10 when the incident occurred.
The four-time major champion said after
the round he was “surprised” by the incident but credited
security, saying the situation was “handled efficiently,” per
Martin Dempster of The Scotsman.
“When someone told him that he
couldn’t do that, he replied by saying ‘why not?'” an eyewitness
told Dempster. “At that point, the security people assigned to
following the group moved in and took him away.”
Rahm added the entire ordeal ended up
being “quite funny.”
“Security was good, but these things
can happen,” Rahm told reporters. “He had good timing. He walked
in very confidently. We were all thinking, ‘Maybe he is supposed to
be here.’ We didn’t know. Rory and I both thought it was a prank or
someone who was supposed to be there.”
McIlroy completed his second round
without further issue, shooting an even-par 71 to remain at one under
overall, which leaves the Northern Irishman one shot below the projected cut line with Round 2 play ongoing in North Berwick.
Rahm is the tournament leader at 11
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