A golf fan is in hot water after a bizarre incident that saw him take a club out of Rory McIlroy’s bag at the Scottish Open on Friday morning.
Rory McIlroy was standing by his caddy, recently-crowned US Open champion Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas. They were on the 10th tee at the European Tour event at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. That was the exact moment when a random fan walked right up to McIlroy’s golf bag and took a club out. He appeared like he was going to take a few practice swings before security began questioning him.
Both Rory McIlroy and his caddy looked to be in equal confusion by what they were seeing. The official Twitter account for The Score shared the strange video online after it happened. Take a look at the video for yourself down below.
“A fan simply walked up and took a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag at the Scottish Open, and the golfers were momentarily stunned. The fan was eventually ejected by security.”
Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm Speak Out About the Incident
After seeing such a strange event unfold, everyone had questions. So, it was only a matter of time before Rory McIlroy had to answer about what happened on Friday morning. And when he finally did take questions about the incident, he said he “had no idea” who the fan was that stole one of his clubs.
“I was surprised. Everyone saw what happened on TV,” McIlroy said after the incident occurred. “It was handled efficiently and everything was OK. I had no idea who it was.”
“Me and Rory didn’t say anything,” added Jon Rahm. “He was holding a 6-iron and I didn’t want to get hurt.”
Rahm later said that the fan was “clearly not sober.”
“Let me put it this way, you could smell the reason why he did what he did,” Rahm explained. “He was clearly not sober. I’m going to say it was vodka. I’m no expert, but he had a long night for sure.”
“I don’t think any of us understood what was going on,” Rahm continued. “He came in so confident and we thought he was going to take a picture or something. We thought he was maybe part of the camera crew or a photographer.”
According to a Police Scotland spokesperson, the 35-year-old fan has since gone to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and “enquiries are ongoing.”
The tournament has been allowing 4,000 fans on the course each day. It is the first sporting event in Scotland to allow fans to attend as restrictions continue to ease in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After everything was over, the day didn’t go the way Rory McIlroy had hoped. He went out and posted an even-par round of 71 at the course, just missing the cut at the event.