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Video: Rory McIlroy Hits His Dad with Golf Ball During 1st Round of 2021 Masters

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 8, 2021

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jon Rahm of Spain look on from the third tee during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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A PGA pro hitting someone with a golf ball is a semi-regular, often awkward experience. 

It's not too often the person they hit will be sitting with them at the family dinner table. 

That will be the case for Rory McIlroy, whose errant approach on No. 7 in the opening round of the Masters Tournament struck his father, Gerry, in the leg Thursday.

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What are the odds 😅<br><br>Rory McIlroy's golf ball hit his father on hole No. 7.<br><br>Watch: https://t.co/fhXU9Iwq0f

Gerry McIlroy was uninjured after the ball hit him in the leg and joked with reporters, saying, “I should ask for an autographed glove.”

The younger McIlroy has struggled for most of the opening round, currently sitting at five over par through 14 holes. 

The Masters is the only major tournament McIlroy is yet to win on Tour. 

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