Watch: Rory McIlroy hits father with errant second shot on par-4 seventh

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It was a steady start for Rory McIlroy on Thursday at the Masters Tournament as he parred his first four holes.

And then he bogeyed No. 5 and No. 6 and No. 7. The latter of which came after he hit his father on the left leg with an errant approach shot.

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Turns out, Rory was aiming for his dad, Gerry.

"In fairness I was trying to turn it off.  It was a perfect shot; it was dead straight," Rory said after shooting 4-over 76. "But I think he was OK. He didn't limp away. He walked away pretty swiftly, so that was all right."

Normally, when a player hits a spectator, the player signs a glove or a ball for the injured fan. Rory's gift for his dad?

"He's seen me sign plenty of stuff over the years, so I think that's the least of his worries," Rory said. "I think he just needs to go and put some ice on - maybe I'll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him."