Bizarre scenes as spectator helps himself to Rory McIlroy’s clubs on tee


Rory McIlroy was preparing for his second round at the Scottish Open when a man walked over and started swinging his clubs. Watch the incident here

Rory McIlroy was stood on the 10th tee at Renaissance when the most remarkable thing happened.

In a video posted on social media, McIlroy was chatting to playing partner Jon Rahm and caddie Harry Diamond ahead of the second round of the Scottish Open…

A stranger then walks into shot and grabs McIlroy’s favourite driver headcover…

Rory McIlroy

The headcover comes off but the driver remains in the bag so the man returns and pulls an iron instead…

Rory McIlroy

The trio watch on in stunned silence as it all happens…

Rory McIlroy

They then look toward – presumably – security for some sort of assistance…

Rory McIlroy

The camera then pans to the man standing on the tee, where he has a couple of swings before being ushered away…

Rory McIlroy

Here’s the clip in full:

One witness told The Scotsman: “When someone told him he couldn’t do that, he replied by saying ‘Why not?’”

Another said: “The players laughed it off, saying they knew he wasn’t a golfer when they saw his grip.”

The Guardian’s Ewan Murray tweeted that the 35-year-old man was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where enquiries are taking place.

Questions are now being asked about how the man managed to get as close as he did, with the closest spectator point to the 10th tee being some 30 yards away.

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