And in his attempt to correct after his wayward conduct, the Northern Irishman struck his second shot to the right of the green and where the spectators stood.
Unfortunately for McIlroy, his ball hit his father’s calf – which was facing in the opposite direction – and rolled away from the green.
Surprised, Gerry looked at the ball before limping away.
However, Rory had a better idea.
“He’s seen me sign a lot of stuff over the years, so I think that’s the least of his worries,” he told media afterward. “I think he just needs to go put some ice cream on it – maybe I’ll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him.”
McIlroy ended up bogeying the hole, his third bogey in a row.
The 31-year-old, who is looking to win the Masters to complete his career Grand Slam, had his issues throughout the first round.
The old phrase says, “You can’t win a golf tournament on day one, but you can lose it.” And McIlroy’s chances of winning may already be over. He finished the fourth day with six bogeys in total.
Although he recently hired a new coach, he struggled to stay consistent off the tee, with the ball catching and twisting the course.
Like many of the majors’ other opening rounds, McIlroy failed to score a difficult score, his early entry not saving him at all.
He has found the water a few times and it looks like it will be a tall order for the world No.11 to come back and claim the famous and elusive green jacket.