WATCH: Rory McIlroy cracks up after luckiest (?!) shot of his career

Rory McIlroy could only laugh after the Northern Irishman hit one of the luckiest shots of his career to date in the third round of the PGA Championship.

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Sat, 16 Sep 2023
WATCH: Rory McIlroy cracks up after luckiest (?!) shot of his career

Rory McIlroy hit perhaps one of the luckiest shots in his career to date during the third round of the PGA Championship at Wentworth. 

McIlroy, 34, snuck into the weekend at the flagship event on the DP World Tour by one stroke amid chaotic scenes at in Surrey. 

The Northern Irishman wasn't happy with the 's---show' that slow play caused but nevertheless was delighted to play two more rounds. 

He began the day with his score at 1-under par but immediately dropped a stroke at No. 11 having started on the back nine. 

McIlroy took advantage of the par-5 12th before finding three birdies on the bounce to move to 4-under. 

One of those birdies was extremely fortunate as he chipped in to a back right pin at 16 .He had hit his tee shot in the right fairway bunker and tugged his approach short left. 

McIlroy birdied the relatively straightforward par-5 17th before this moment arrived on Wentworth's final hole. His tee shot travelled all of 311 yards but settled in the first cut of rough. 

The four-time major champion went for the green in two but his TP5x looked as though it was going to find a watery grave. 

Instead, his ball ricocheted off the wooden sleeper and bounced onto the green before eventually settling in the thick rough long of the green.

Talk about luck. 

Watch the shot here:

McIlroy appeared to semi-blade the chip but got up-and-down to save par. 

It wasn't the only good stroke of fortune on the hole as his playing partner Matthew Jordan also hit a wild, wild shot. 

Jordan's second stroke looked as though it was sailing out of bounds, but his golf ball clattered into trees before it bounced back into the middle of the fairway leaving a routine pitch. 

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