(CNN)Parents’ attendance at sporting events is normally for supportive measures.
And while he might’ve been looking to give moral support for his son Rory, Gerry McIlroy proved a physical obstruction instead. In the opening round of the Masters, Rory was in the trees to the left on hole No. 7 after his tee shot had skewed off line. And in his attempt to correct after his wayward drive, the Northern Irishman hit his second shot to the right of the green and into where the spectators were standing. Unfortunately for McIlroy, his ball hit the calf of his father — who was facing in the opposite direction — and rolled away from the green. Read MoreREAD: Moe Norman: The ‘Rain Man of golf’ who amazed even the greats of the sportMcIlroy reacts on the seventh green during the first round of the Masters.Startled, Gerry looked back at the ball before limping away. CBS Sports golf writer Kyle Porter, who was standing near the hole when McIlroy hit his father, reported that Gerry said as he limped away: “I should ask for an autographed glove.”However, Rory had a better idea. “He’s seen me sign plenty of stuff over the years, so I think that’s the least of his worries,” he told the media afterward. “I think he just needs to go and put some ice on — maybe I’ll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him.” McIlroy ended up bogeying the hole, his third bogey in a row. The 31-year-old, who is looking to win the Masters to complete his career grand slam, had his problems throughout the opening round. The old phrase says: “You can’t win a golf tournament on the first day, but you can lose it.” And McIlroy’s chances of winning might already be over. He finished the day four over with six bogeys in total. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentLee Elder acknowledges applause as he joins Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus as honorary starters at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. In 1975, Elder became the first African American to ever play in the Masters.Hide Caption 1 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentDustin Johnson, last year’s Masters champion, plays a shot on the second hole Thursday.Hide Caption 2 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentJustin Rose hits out of a bunker on the second hole Thursday. He shot a 7-under 65 to take a four-shot lead after the first round.Hide Caption 3 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentThis is the first time in two years that the Masters has allowed spectators on the course.Hide Caption 4 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentRory McIlroy hits out of the rough on the sixth hole Thursday.Hide Caption 5 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentSergio Garcia, Webb Simpson and their caddies walk to the sixth green on Thursday.Hide Caption 6 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentFormer Masters champion Jordan Spieth hits a tee shot on No. 7.Hide Caption 7 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentFour-time major winner Brooks Koepka had knee surgery less than a month ago, but he was on the course for Thursday’s first round.Hide Caption 8 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentTwo-time Masters champ Bubba Watson hits out of a bunker on the first hole Thursday.Hide Caption 9 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentFans watch some of the first-round play on Thursday.Hide Caption 10 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentMax Homa walks down the 18th fairway on Thursday.Hide Caption 11 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentJoaquin Niemann looks for his ball on the 10th hole Thursday.Hide Caption 12 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentDuring a practice round on Wednesday, Ian Poulter takes a Hogan Bridge selfie with his playing partners and their caddies.Hide Caption 13 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentRory McIlroy and Justin Thomas walk across the Sarazen Bridge during a practice round on Tuesday.Hide Caption 14 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentAzaleas frame the 16th green on Monday.Hide Caption 15 of 15Although he has recently taken on a new coach, he struggled for consistency off the tee, with the ball hooking and shanking across the course. Like many other opening rounds of majors, McIlroy failed to put up a challenging score, with his putting early on not bailing him out at all. He found the water a few times and it looks like it will be a tall order for the world No. 11 to come back and claim the famous and elusive green jacket.