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wayward WATCH: Rory McIlroy speaks after shot accidentally hits father in first round of the Masters


Rory McIlroy inadvertently hit his father Gerry with a wayward shot as he struggled to an opening 76 on day one of the 85th Masters.

McIlroy was already two over par when he pushed his approach to the seventh hole to the right of the green, where it hit his father on the back of the leg.

The former world number one had at least shouted the traditional warning of “Fore” and Gerry was able to see the funny side, joking with reporters: “I should ask for an autographed glove.”

"I think he just needs to go put some ice on it," McIlroy said after his round. "Maybe I’ll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him.

"In fairness, I was trying to turn it off him. It was a perfect shot, it was dead straight. But I think he was okay. He didn't limp away, he walked away pretty swiftly, so that was alright.

"He's seen me sign plenty of stuff over the years, so I think that's the least of his worries. I think he just needs to go and put some ice on it, so maybe I'll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him!"

McIlroy needs to win the Masters to complete a career grand slam but has struggled for form recently and has started consulting coach Pete Cowen on a formal basis.

The 31-year-old’s last major title came in the 2014 US PGA Championship and he is without a win of any description since November 2019.

"It’s pretty obvious how crusty the greens are getting and it was tricky to leave the ball below the pin and give yourself a lot of looks for birdies," McIlroy said after a round containing six bogeys and two birdies.

"My goal is just to play well and at least give myself a chance. Honestly I'm quite encouraged with how I hit it on the way in. I hit some loose shots out there, but after hitting the six-iron in the water on 13, I hit some really good shots coming in, so I'm encouraged by that.

"Going to go to the range here and work on it a little bit more, but it was just one of those days where I wasn't very efficient with my scoring.

"I opened with four pars and then you're going through that stretch where you're fighting against momentum, but if you make a birdie then you can get going, and just one of those days.

"I’m going to go to the range to work on it a little bit more but it was just one of those days where I wasn’t very efficient with my scoring."

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