A fan was ejected from the Scottish Open on Friday morning after removing a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag and taking some practice swings.
The spectator walked up to McIlroy on the 10th tee at the European Tour event, at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, before removing a club from the Northern Irishman’s bag.
McIlroy and his caddy looked on in confusion at the spectator, who was taken away by security soon after.
A spokesperson for the European Tour told ESPN “the matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland.”
McIlroy carded a 70 in the opening round of the tournament to sit 6 shots back from overnight leader Jack Senior of England.
The four-time major winner will play in the 149th Open at Royal St. George’s, which begins Thursday, with organizers planning to admit 32,000 spectators per day. Last year’s open was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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