Spectator throws golf ball with earplug attached at Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy

Written By Alec Brzezinski
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Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy encountered an odd moment at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on Thursday when they were forced to dodge a golf ball with an earplug attached to it.

The ball was thrown just after McIlroy hit his tee shot on the par-3 sixth hole. It came close to hitting Fowler's left side, and he didn't know what the object was at first.

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"So random," Fowler said, via ESPN.com. "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."

That's a good question. McIlroy just turned 27 on Wednesday, but it's unlikely he needs another golf ball or one earplug.

"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 (police) sorted it out and got him off the property, thankfully."

Fowler shot a 1-under 71 in the first round despite double-bogeying the par-3 17th.

McIlroy, after shooting a 4-over 40 on his front nine (the back nine), regrouped to finish at 1 over.

The leaders are currently in the clubhouse at 7 under.

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