Just as the CBS broadcast of the third round of the Masters came on, things started to get out of control at Augusta National, in a good way. Jon Rahm chipped in for eagle, Rickie Fowler started dropping birdies left and right, everything was happening. Then, Rory McIlroy added to the chaos with one of the luckier shots you’ll ever see at the par-4 fifth.
After grabbing birdies at No. 3 and No. 4, McIlroy’s drive at the fifth found a deep fairway bunker, leaving him a difficult shot to get to the green. Needing to elevate the ball up over the lip, the four-time major champion took a whack at it and heard that dreaded sound most of us weekend golfers hear in a fairway bunker. His ball had clipped the lip, but instead of coming back at him or barely rolling out of the bunker, McIlroy got an incredible break. Watch where his ball ends up:
Are you kidding? Some serious over spin there, and his ball wound up just 13 feet from the cup. When you play as much golf as these guys do, you’re bound to get breaks, but this one was pretty unique. He wasn’t able to hole the putt, but he did nearly make an ace on the par-3 sixth and has moved to seven under, two back of Patrick Reed. Remember this shot if Rory is putting on the green jacket on Sunday night.