The mystery of how a golf ball hit by two-time major winner Rory McIlroy ended up in 79-year-old Stan Stephen’s left trouser leg may never be solved. Yet, somehow, physics led it there.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Stephen told Great Britain’s Evening Express. He came to watch McIlroy over the weekend on the eighth hole of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and got more than he bargained for. He continued:
“It was a bit embarrassing. I was sitting on a seat and I braced myself for the ball landing and I thought I saw something at one of my ankles. I thought the ball was on the ground behind me and I turned around to look. …The steward told me not to move and Rory came over and laughed. …Eventually, an official came and told me to stand up and the ball fell to the ground.”
After McIlroy shot a par-three on the hole, the golfing superstar returned to give Stephen the ball as a souvenir. “I’ve no idea what I will do with it,” Stephen said.
McIlroy will play next in the British Open, where he is one of the favorites to win, starting on Thursday.