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Rory McIlroy’s opening tee shot interrupted by rogue squirrel with a mind of its own

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After a disappointing performance at the US Open, Rory McIlroy was primed for a weekend charge up the leaderboard in the Travelers Championship.

The Northern Irishman was 7-under par going into his 3rd round at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut when his opening tee shot was interrupted by a furry friend.

The squirrel sent both McIlroy and the crowd into hysterics, and although the animal was twice ushered away, it proved to be an evasive little creature as it returned in time to see McIlroy tee-off - scroll further down the page to see the video.

Unfortunately for the world number 7, his tee-shot veered to the left and into the trees as he opened with a bogey and eventually carded a 69 which puts him 8 shots adrift from leader Paul Casey.

Casey matched his lowest score on the PGA Tour, an 8-under-par 62, for a four-stroke lead heading into the final day.

The Englishman hit every green in regulation and highlighted his round with an eagle at the par-four 15th hole.

Casey credited his hot round to a lesson from his coach Peter Kostis:

“On Thursday I had the big pulls going. Every long club in the bag was 5 or 10 yards left it felt like,” Casey told CBS.

“We worked hard on it yesterday after the round. Posture wasn’t good enough and I was standing too far from the golf ball. He had me on the range feeling like I was going to shank everything yesterday.

“That’s something I rarely see, 18 greens in regulation, so clearly whatever (Kostis) told me worked.”

Nevertheless, it was Bubba Watson who emerged victorious after hitting a final round of 63 to finish three shots ahead of Casey and claim the Travelers Championship for the third time.

Travelers Championship - Final Round

"It was a fun round of golf and I got lucky that he [Casey] didn't have his best stuff," Watson said.

"It's one of those years where you want it to keep going, you just don't want it to end."

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