NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP
) — A spectator was escorted off the Scottish Open
course on Friday after stealing a club from Rory McIlroy
's bag and swinging it a few times.
The incident occurred on the 10th tee at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, where McIlroy was preparing to begin his second round.
A man was seen walking onto the tee, removing the head cover from McIlroy's driver, and then grabbing an iron from the bag, while McIlroy, a four-time major winner, looked on in amusement.
After passing the club to McIlroy's caddie, Harry Diamond
, the man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security
“At around 8 a.m. on Friday morning, a spectator entered the tenth tee area,” the European Tour said in a statement. “He was quickly escorted from the tee by security personnel, and the matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland
No. 1 and 3 in the world, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, were also on the tee as McIlroy's playing partners; no one was injured in the incident.
“The players laughed it off, saying they knew he wasn’t a golfer when they saw his grip,” David Wilson, a member of nearby club Kilspindie who posted the footage, said in The Scotsman newspaper.
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