McIlroy and enjoying companion Scott Stallings had been approaching the top of their third spherical when a remote-controlled ball — showing to be managed by a spectator in conjunction with the inexperienced — rolled in direction of the flag.
Having circled the outlet quite a few occasions, the ball seemed set to lastly drop into the cup when it was swatted away by an outstretched McIlroy, who turned to face the pilot earlier than blocking one other run on the gap from the remote-guided ball.
There could be no third try as McIlroy picked up the ball earlier than hurling it into the water guarding the inexperienced, a lot to the delight of the onlooking crowd.
Cheers shortly turned to boos because the intruder — making a thumbs down gesture in direction of close by followers — was led away by stewards.
“He stored yelling at Rory, ‘That is my dream, that is my dream.’ I do not know precisely what he was dreaming about, however his ball is gone.”
Stallings, who had been lining up his method shot from a close-by bunker throughout the incident, added he had been able to step in had McIlroy not taken issues into his personal fingers.
“I assumed it was nice,” the American mentioned. “I used to be about to go and do the identical factor.”
McIlory completed 5 pictures behind Cantlay to tie for eighth, securing yet one more prime 10 end after fifth and third place finishes on the US and British Opens respectively in latest months.
Taking part in the one hundred and fiftieth version of the occasion at St. Andrews, McIlroy noticed one tee drive strike an historic stone on the green earlier than one other inadvertently struck a spectator, breaking their hand.