McIlroy's tee shot on the par-4 14th hole in the second round of the Tour Championship sailed well right of the fairway, finding a tree. The ball rattled down around briefly in the tree before falling straight down...and into the right-front pocket of a spectator's shorts.
The spectator then stood still until McIlroy could make his way to him. After a brief conversation and bringing in the nearest rules official, McIlroy was given free relief, dropping the ball where the fan's pocket caught the ball. From there, McIlroy found the green, but the fan left without a souvenir ball. Instead, he got to shake hands with the world's No. 1 player.
McIlroy went on to make par.
It's not the first time a McIlroy tee shot has landed in a strange place. At the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, McIlroy's tee shot at the par-4 third hole became lodged in a tree. It was no matter; McIlroy went on to win his second major title in a blowout.