Rory McIlroy writes note to young fan who caught ball he tossed into crowd
A young fan of Rory McIlroy received quite a thrill when the superstar sent him a letter to thank him for attending the Tour Championship as well as congratulate him on catching a golf ball tossed into the stands.
The golf ball in question was thrown into the crowd by McIlroy after he holed-out from 137 yards for eagle on the 16th hole in the final round of the Tour Championship, which he would later go on to win in a playoff.
Rory McIlroy’s must-see eagle hole out at the TOUR Championship https://t.co/heaRAdxaSC via @YouTube
— Paul Byrne (@PaulByrne66) September 26, 2016
McIlroy, after retrieving his ball from the hole, threw the ball into the crowd in celebration of the momentous shot. It turns out the nephew of a friend of ESPN senior golf writer Jason Sobel was the lucky recipient of the ball. It was also learned this week that McIlroy personally reached out the youngster by way of letter.
A buddy’s nephew received this letter from Rory McIlroy today and it’s all kinds of awesome. pic.twitter.com/17xq6VKEIb
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) November 22, 2016
The heartwarming letter reads:
“I hope you are keeping well. I just want to thank you for coming to watch me at the Tour Championship. I also believe you were able to get the ball I threw into the spectators after my eagle on 16. Very well done! That shot turned the tournament in my favour and helped me to eventually win this year’s FedEx Cup.
“I’m so glad that somebody young was able to get it before an adult! I hope that ball and this short letter remind you that I have always wanted young people to do well in life. It may be at school, playing sport or even just being with your family, but doing your best is really what’s most important.”
Sure, the cynics out there undoubtedly will point out the possibility that one of McIlroy’s underlings wrote the letter and the golfer simply signed it, if he even did that much. Whether or not that is true is arguably unimportant in the grand scheme of things, especially to the young fan who just received a thrill of a lifetime.
Because let’s be honest, all young Brady knows or believes is that Rory McIlroy actually wrote him a letter. And that’s pretty awesome.