To paraphrase from Austin Powers, Who throws a golf ball with an earplug attached? Really?
On Thursday at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship, a fan did just that, tossing a golf ball -- again, with an earplug attached -- at Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler on the tee at the par-3 sixth at Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club. McIlroy had just teed off and Fowler, his playing partner, was getting ready to take his turn when the fan threw the ball from behind the players.
Fowler wasn't sure that it was a ball until it flew by his left side and stopped rolling.
"So random," Fowler said, according to the Associated Press. "The guy tried to say it was a gift. I don't know why you would give a gift of a golf ball with an earplug attached to it."
Naturally, the fan was escorted off the grounds by police.
"Just it was one of those things," McIlroy said. "It was a golf ball with an earplug stuck on it, so it was sort of strange. Charlotte's finest sorted it out and got him off the property, thankfully."
As for the golf, McIlroy made birdie on the 250-yard sixth, the group's 15th hole of the day. Fowler made par. However, Fowler had the better overall score, shooting 1-under 71 to McIlroy's 73.