Still, quite wonderful stuff from World No. 1 Rory McIlroy today, who, after donating his second shot at the par-5 8th into the water, contributed one of his Nike long irons to join his ball.
The PGA Tour posted an official YouTube clip! Woohoo!
**McIlroy denounced his actions after the round.
From Steve DiMeglio's USA Today story:
"Felt good at the time," McIlroy said after 2-under-par 70 left him 8 shots out of the lead. "Look, I just let frustration get the better of me. It was heat of the moment, and I mean, if it had been any other club I probably wouldn't have but I didn't need a 3‑iron for the rest of the round, so I thought, why not?
" … Looking back at it, it isn't one of my proudest moments. … I wouldn't encourage anyone to do it; especially if there's kids watching at home. First of all, it's expensive, and second of all, you shouldn't do it."
Social media reaction covered a full spectrum, including immediate love from his biggest fans in the UK press and this from tennis great Jimmy Connors:
Rory @ Doral-- Trumps Masterpiece-- ball & club in water-- live the response-- shows passion and he cares-- I'm tuning in for more of that!!— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) March 7, 2015
And the toss inspired a ProTracer spoof:
**Here come the inspirational stories. Look at the smile on this young man's face. Rory is not displaying horrible sportsmanship, no, he's growing the game!
Donal Hughes is teaching his son well...