Rory McIlroy has shown a great ability to scramble in his golf career. On Hole 15 at the 2012 British Open, McIlroy shanked his drive and it smoked a spectator right in the head. The ball went out of bounds and McIlroy had to re-tee. He ended up double bogeying the hole.
I bet that kid has a sore spot for days. Luckily for him, he was okay and Rory McIlroy decided to give him a signed golf glove for his troubles. Not a lot of good can come out of taking a golf shot to the head but this has to come out to a net positive for this kid. He gets a signed glove and he was on TV for a little bit. Sounds like a good plan to me.
The fact that Rory did not absolutely tank the hole is a testament to how good he is. Not a lot of people can recover from shooting a ball off of a guy’s dome and having it go out of bounds. Getting a double bogey off of that is incredible to me. If that was me on the course, I would have been mad at the kid for not re-directing the ball back in bounds. Probably would have followed that up with a club throw and another drive or two out of bounds.
This kid got his five minutes of fame and souvenir that he will have for a lifetime. That lump on his head will eventually go away but he did get a signed glove out of it.