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Rory McIlroy nearly hit by drive at US tournament

Published 18/10/2015

Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a birdie putt on the second green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the third round of the Frys.com golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a birdie putt on the second green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the third round of the Frys.com golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Rory McIlroy is happy to be still standing in the Frys.com Open after a drive shot came to earth just inches from his foot.

McIlroy is apparently out of contention on six under, after a second successive 71, but was almost hit by a flying golf ball as his round neared its end. (See video below)

Emiliano Grillo, playing in the group behind McIlroy, almost struck the four-time major winner with his tee shot on the short par-four 17th.

The 23-year-old South American believed McIlroy, playing with Adam Hadwin and Reifers, was expecting the incoming shot.

But that was not the case and the ball provided a fright for McIlroy, who said it "missed me by a couple of inches".

McIlroy, not having the best of days, added: "Would have put me out of my misery. Die a little bit. To be honest with you."

He added that he did not want to blame Grillo, saying: "Not his fault. You can't see much from back there."

Asked about the incident, Grillo said: "Everybody agreed that they were going up from the green to the guy standing on the tee. We thought they were waiting for us to hit. I was first, and I kind of heard something that I almost hit him, but I really apologise.

"Hopefully he's all right and he continues to play well as always. That would have been bad."

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