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Rory McIlroy hits father with ball in sloppy first round of Masters

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the seventh green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Parents' attendance at sporting events is normally for supportive measures.

(CNN)Parents' attendance at sporting events is normally for supportive measures.

And while he might've been looking to give moral support for his son Rory, Gerry McIlroy proved a physical obstruction instead.

In the opening round of the Masters, Rory was in the trees to the left on hole No. 7 after his tee shot had skewed off line.

Unfortunately for McIlroy, his ball hit the calf of his father -- who was facing in the opposite direction -- and rolled away from the green.

Startled, Gerry looked back at the ball before limping away.

CBS Sports golf writer Kyle Porter, who was standing near the hole when McIlroy hit his father, reported that Gerry said as he limped away: "I should ask for an autographed glove. "

McIlroy ended up bogeying the hole, his third bogey in a row.

The 31-year-old, who is looking to win the Masters to complete his career grand slam, had his problems throughout the opening round.

The old phrase says: "You can't win a golf tournament on the first day, but you can lose it. " And McIlroy's chances of winning might already be over.

Like many other opening rounds of majors, McIlroy failed to put up a challenging score, with his putting early on not bailing him out at all.

He found the water a few times and it looks like it will be a tall order for the world No. 11 to come back and claim the famous and elusive green jacket.

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