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Outrage as RTE cuts to ad break for Rory McIlroy's Irish Open winning shot

Golf fans have voiced outrage after they missed Rory McIlroy's triumphant finish at the Irish Open because RTE were on an ad break.

After coming into difficulty down the stretch at the Irish Open, McIlroy captured the trophy for the first time after playing approach shots at 16, 17 and 18 that almost defied belief.

His 252 yard second shot to the par 5 18th was one of the best of the Holywood golfer's illustrious career, with the ball landing a mere three feet from the hole, which saw the Northern Irishman seal a three stroke win with an eagle.

However, many golf fans were deprived of seeing the iconic moment live, as RTE were on an ad break when McIlroy played the spectacular shot.


RTE's coverage of the Irish Open is a joke, taking a break on the last hole and missing all of us McIlroy's shots #Clowns #IrishOpen

— Stephen McKiernan (@mckiernan91) May 22, 2016

What about @rte going to a break for McIlroyapproach to 17 #sometv

— Scott Brady (@scottbrady21) May 22, 2016

Despite replaying it moments later, many viewers were angered, especially as it wasn't the first time that the station's commercial responsibilities interfered with the action during the closing holes.

Irish rugby star Gordon D'Arcy was one of many to voice their displeasure online after missing out on seeing a truly great sporting moment live.

Source Irish Independent

Irish Independent

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