Smiling Rory McIlroy offered his father Gerry a “signature bag of frozen peas” after thrashing him in the leg with an iron shot in the Masters in the first round of the Masters. Augusta National, with a smile of his own, Rory, 180 yards away, immediately realized it was Jerry that he had hit with a hook from behind a tree that held the string instead. After the “Fore” screams from his son, the ball landed on Gerry̵7;s lower leg, but did not appear to have suffered any significant damage.
“I tried to get the ball off him,” said the four-time main winner. “It was a perfect shot, it was dead straight, but I thought he was fine. He wasn’t limp, he walked away quickly. I knew it was my dad when I aimed at him, so maybe 30 seconds before I hit it. ”
The convention for golfers hitting an audience with a stray shot is to donate a signed glove by apologizing, “He’s seen me signing a lot of things over the years, so I think that’s what. He’s least worried, ”added McIlroy,“ I think he just has to go for ice. Maybe I’ll sign a bag of frozen peas for him. “
McIlroy’s temper was noticeably improved by finishing the round well on a brutally difficult day in Georgia.
The 31-year-old is over 14 holes but revived for a four-for-76 sign in the context of the high scoring and continued work of McIlroy’s swing, it is far from disaster.
“Honestly, I was quite encouraged by the way I hit it along the way,” added McIlroy. But after hitting the iron spilled in the water on the 13th, I managed to hit a nice shot. It was just one of those days when I wasn’t effective with the scoring.
“I’m hanging there. I can do birdies a few more times. But it’s not like who’s actually going to be there. ”Justin Rose’s 65-year-old hadn’t arrived when he was speaking.
McIlroy spent a short time on the pitch with renowned British coach Pete Cowen, who was recently added to the world number 12 squad as they completed their media duties after the round.