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McIlroy misses cut after spectator swings his 6-iron on tee

Rory McIlroy, Pro Golfer
Rory McIlroy, Pro Golfer
Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 10:50 PM EDT
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NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway on the 10th hole at the Scottish Open when a spectator wandered on to the tee, had a dig into the four-time major winner’s golf bag, and started taking swings with his 6-iron.

It wasn’t long before the interloper, who smelled of alcohol according to McIlroy’s playing partner, Jon Rahm, was ejected from the tournament. McIlroy didn’t last much longer. After an even-par round of 71, McIlroy missed the cut at the European Tour event and will be making an earlier-than-planned journey to the south of England for next week’s British Open.

The leaders by a stroke are Rahm, Thomas Detry of Belgium and Jack Senior at 11 under.

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