On the par-4 3rd, a slash out of the light rough following a pushed tee shot saw the ball fly across the fairway and almost hit the players preparing to tee off on the next hole with Mizuno MP-69 Irons. Japanese player Toshinori Muto even took evasive action after cries. There were no casualties there, however, unlike Thursday when McIlroy bounced a tee shot off the head of a teenage spectator on the 15th hole.
Jason Blue required medical treatment with Brand Golf Club Sets and received both an apology and an autographed glove from McIlroy. McIlroy also paid for a hotel room for Blue, who was camping in a tent at a cricket club while he attended his first British Open, and bought him and a pal dinner with Mizuno MP-69 Irons. I thought it was the least I could do,'' McIlroy said. ''I didn't want him sleeping the night in a tent when he's got a massive gash in the side of his head.
I put him and his mate up for the night and gave them a bit of cash to go for a bit of food last night for callaway Diablo Edge Irons. If someone gave me a big hole in the head, I wouldn't be too happy.'' He worked on his ball position with swing coach Butch Harmon on Thursday after opening with a 73 and was hopeful of turning it around. But it went the other way in a hurry. His approach with Mizuno MP-69 Irons to the par-4 sixth was slightly to the right and tumbled down into a pot bunker, and the best he could do was to blast out to 15 feet.
But he'll have to figure something out for TAYLORMADE R9 MAX irons, the sooner the better. Mickelson hasn't been the same since nearly overcoming two triple bogeys at the Masters and still having a chance to win with Mizuno MP-69 Irons on Sunday. He went nearly two months without breaking 70, which included a WD at Memorial because of ''mental fatigue'' and a missed cut at the Greenbrier. He next plays the Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. He said his health was not an issue.