The Loop

Here's what you get when Rory McIlroy hits you with his drive

February 19, 2016

Getting plunked by a PGA Tour player's tee shot will leave a mark. Especially from a tee shot hit by Rory McIlroy and the enormous ball speed he creates with his driver.

One fan experienced that firsthand on Friday at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera C.C. The man found himself on the receiving end of one of Rory's tee shots, which earned him this signed glove from the four-time major champion.

We're impressed with Rory's penmanship on the glove with a Sharpie. Nice! The writing and walking act isn't easy. But Rory surely has experience at least dishing out autographs -- although this one looks pretty clean.

You think Rory keeps autographed gloves in his bag? Very possible. That'd be a pro move.

It seems like getting hit by a pro's ball always elicits funny responses. Maybe we shouldn't encourage diving in front of a pro's tee shot, but we certainly enjoy the end result.

Rory hit only seven of 14 fairways on Friday, and had 33 putts, but still finds himself four shots back after 36 holes in his first PGA Tour event in 2016. If he can straighten out his driver -- and limit the amount of gloves he hands out -- he'll be signing less autographs on the weekend.