Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (R) AND caddie Harry Diamond walk the 10th hole during a practice round prior to the 2019 US Open at Pebble BeachNorthern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (R) AND caddie Harry Diamond walk the 10th hole during a practice round prior to the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach (AFP Photo/ROSS KINNAIRD)
Pebble Beach (United States) (AFP) - Rory McIlroy delighted Canadian fans when he donned a Toronto Raptors jersey as he celebrated his Canadian Open win on Sunday, a friendly gesture that left him scrambling to retrieve his putter prior to the US Open.
Golf Canada chief executive Laurence Applebaum handed McIlroy the Raptors jersey as he walked off the 18th green at Hamilton Golf & Country Club, not far from the home of the Raptors -- who are battling the Golden State Warriors for the NBA championship.
McIlroy took the jersey and handed Applebaum his putter, and it wasn't until later that his caddie Harry Diamond noticed it wasn't in the bag.
"I said to Harry, 'Could you go and find Laurence? He's got my putter. And put it back in the bag and make sure the bag gets on the plane and goes to California.
"I definitely didn't give it away," McIlroy said. "I know I've done some stupid things in the past, but that would have been right up there."
McIlroy also brought the Raptors jersey -- Kyle Lowry's No. 7 -- to California.
But he didn't expect to break it out at Pebble Beach, just a little way down the coast from the Warriors' Oakland base.
"That Raptors jersey this week is probably staying in the suitcase," he said.