WATCH: Culprit IDENTIFIED after boom operator trips near Rory McIlroy

This boom stick operator took a tumble while trailing Rory McIlroy at Tiger Woods' Genesis Invitational at Riviera. 

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Mon, 21 Feb 2022
WATCH: Culprit IDENTIFIED after boom operator trips near Rory McIlroy

This boom stick operator took a tumble trying to keep up with Rory McIlroy at Tiger Woods' Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour. 

McIlroy was making his way to the next tee box when out of nowhere you can see the poor soul head straight to the deck. 

It really did look like a heavy fall and he brushed it off quickly. He just looked a bit flustered as he got to his feet and carried on.

The culprit? A metal object stuck in the floor, pointed out by one of the fans in attendance who was clutching a can of beer. 

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McIlroy did not win the Genesis Invitational. Joaquin Niemann claimed his second PGA Tour victory with a wire-to-wire win.

The Northern Irishman, 32, finished T10 at Riviera after signing for rounds of 69, 70, 67 and 68. 

McIlroy reflected positively on his performance.

"I actually had a really good week by the way," he told the media afterwards.  

"Quietly solid. I shot four rounds under par. I had a nice -- I had a nice 67-68 weekend.

"My game's close, it's close. I certainly didn't do enough to shot 21-under par this week and keep up with Joaco, but I'm happy with my week."

He added: "I always sort of thought Riv is a place where you shoot four 68s and you're going to be in with a good chance.

"Yeah, this year with just them not being able to water the rough and the rough not being up, it just made the course a little bit more benign and you could sort of miss it a little bit more off the tees and get away with it.

"I've never seen the greens this good at Riv and it looks like guys are just -- I've never held as many putts here as I have this week, so guys seem to be holing a lot more putts just because they're not soft, there's not heel prints, there's none of that and they're rolling true."

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