These are surreal times in the world of golf. The LIV tour is posing an existential threat to the PGA Tour and the normally serene world of golf has taken on the vibe of the pro wrestling. Adding to the surreal air around the sport was a spectator showing off a remote control golf ball to Rory McIlroy at the BMW Championship.
The galleries of the PGA Tour tend to be filled with no shortage of 'mashed potato' shouting morons, and being a pro golfer means learning how to navigate such people. McIlroy knew exactly how to act yesterday.
The stage was the third round of the BMW Championship in Delaware. McIlroy was lining up a 15 foot birdie putt on the par three 15th green, when all of a sudden a remote-controlled golf ball began to move across the green.
McIlroy attempted to swat it away a few times before picking it up and hilariously throwing it into the nearby water hazard.
Video of fan trying to show Rory a remote control ball.
Rory wasn’t having it. pic.twitter.com/NUKnN5FL97
— Golfers Anonymous DAO (@GolfAddictsNFT) August 20, 2022
The throw was greeted with boisterous cheers from the annoyed gallery.
Golfer Scott Stallings was playing with McIlroy and described the scenes to Golf Week.
"That wasn’t exactly something I expected to see on a Saturday afternoon"
"He kept yelling at Rory, ‘This is my dream, this is my dream. I don’t know exactly what he was dreaming about, but his ball is gone."
The spectator was promptly escorted from the golf course by a local constabulary.
McIlroy finished his round on one-under par and is tied for 10th on seven-under.