Rory McIlroy saves par from the water at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy made an incredible save out of the water at the PGA Championship.
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Rory McIlroy put his injured ankle to the test early in the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday.

McIlroy’s return to competitive golf didn’t start well with a bogey on the first hole. His troubles continued on the fifth when he hit his second shot into the water.

Luckily for him, playing partner Jordan Spieth noticed the ball was playable in the water hazard. However, that left McIlroy with a difficult decision.

What. A. Shot.

Making things even better, the world’s No. 1 golfer knocked in his par putt. Crisis averted.

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