McIlroy hooks up fan he hit in head

BY foxsports • July 20, 2012

Rory McIlroy isn't exactly taking care of business at the British Open, where he shot a second-round 75 while spraying drives all over the place. But he did take care of a young fan who was a victim of one of the Irish star's wild shots.

McIlroy made headlines on Thursday when he bounced a tee shot off the head of a teenage spectator on the 15th. The kid, Jason Blue, required medical treatment and received both an apology and an autographed glove from McIlroy.

That wasn't all. McIlroy chose to pay for a hotel room for Blue, who was camping out in a tent at a local cricket club while he attended his first British Open, and also bought him and a pal dinner at a restaurant on Thursday.

''It was the least I could do,'' McIlroy said Friday. ''I didn't want him sleeping the night in a tent when he's got a massive gash in the side of his head. Yeah, 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.

''If someone gave me a big hole in the head, I wouldn't be too happy.''

McIlroy broke into a smile after the round when he shook hands with Blue and the friend at the back of a journalists' mixed zone. They also posed for pictures.

''Enjoy the next couple of days,'' McIlroy shouted to Blue as the player walked off.

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