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This is the bizarre moment a spectator at the abrdn Scottish Open wandered onto the tee this morning and pulled one of Rory McIlroy’s clubs from his bag.

McIlroy, the world No.10, was waiting to tee off at the tenth hole – his first of the day – when a fan brazenly walked onto the tee.

The fair-haired man, wearing a dark gilet and chinos, pulled the four-time major champion’s driver from his bag, took off the headcover and walked to the back of the tee.

In the clip, which has been widely shared on social media, a stunned McIlroy exchanges looks with his caddie Harry Diamond and fellow player Jon Rahm as the incident unfolds.

Diamond can then be heard asking for security to come and deal with the matter. It is understood that the man was promptly escorted from the premises, without any further incident.

Watch the extraordinary scene here…

This week’s Scottish Open is the first since an easing of COVID-19 restrictions allowed spectators to attend golf tournaments in Scotland.

A spokesperson for the European Tour told “At approximately 8am on Friday morning, a spectator entered the tenth tee area. He was quickly escorted from the tee by security personnel and the matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland added: “Officers were alerted to a man causing a disturbance within the grounds of the Renaissance Club in East Lothian, around 8am on Friday, July 9.

“The 35-year-old man has been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and enquiries are ongoing.”

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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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