Northern Irish pro-golfer Rory McIlroy was met with a mischievous furry foe on the green on Monday as he was trying to hit a drive in the PGA Tour Travellers Championship.
Fans of McIlroy’s and the man himself broke down in laughter after the little fella found himself right by the tee box and running across the grass. This all took place only a few feet away from Rory as he was trying to make a good shot.
Of course, McIlroy took it all in good fun and just looked at his playing partner with a smile on his face while laughing at the whole incident. Officials for the match, soon after the squirrel was spotted, made their best efforts to get the animal off the course, but as one would expect, the wee one just turned right back around and ran towards McIlroy.
Some believe the squirrel must have been a big fan of his, with some speculating it was trying to get McIlroy’s autograph. On the other hand, this furry mischief artist could have been attempting to sabotage the 29-year-old’s ambitions at winning the championship.
I hear by declare the Travelers Championship squirrel as “Furry McIlroy” @McIlroyRory 🐿— Scott Gillam (@firstnamescott) June 23, 2018
One golf fan even took to calling the squirrel, “Furry McIlroy”, while another was jealous of it for having the best seat in the house to see the Northern Irish golf star.
“He [the squirrel] was excited.”— FrickinFoxFace 🦊 (@frickinfoxface) June 23, 2018
“Why wouldn’t he be? He’s got the best seat in the house for Rory McIlroy.”
Amid this madness, American Bubba Watson became the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour for 2018, having come back from being six strokes behind in the final round to surpass England’s Paul Casey by three strokes.
McIlroy finished and was tied for 12th place with Australian Jason Day.