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Rory McIlroy’s latest bid to complete the career grand slam got off to a rough start when he found himself three-over after four holes of The Masters.

Still, he didn’t have to take it out on his dad.

The world No.12, playing at Augusta National for the 13th time, hit his father Gerry in the leg with an off-line approach into the seventh green.

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Watch the incident here:

Fortunately, according to reporters on the ground, McIlroy Snr was able to see the funny side:

This week is McIlroy’s seventh attempt to complete the final piece of the career grand slam. Without a major victory since the 2014 US PGA and struggling for top form, the Northern Irishman recently turned to acclaimed coach Pete Cowen to help him get back to his best.

Earlier this week, he spoke about the change in mindset he and Cowen have been working on.

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“I feel like there’s been a lot of looking back to try to go forward instead of just saying, okay, this is where we are, this is the present, this is what you’ve got to work with, let’s go forward from here,” explained McIlroy.

“There’s been a lot of, oh, well, back in 2014 I did this or look at this. You know, that’s a long time ago now. It’s not as if you can just magically delve back into it and bring it all back to life.

“Pete and I had a conversation about that. This is me and this is what you have to work with and we go from here.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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