Video: The moment Rory McIlroy finds his ball ... stuck up Aberdeen pensioner’s trouser leg

By Alan Brown, 15 Jul 2014 10.16am

THE thigh was the limit for Stan Stephen when he had a brush with Rory McIlroy at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

For two-time Major winner McIlroy fired his tee shot at the eighth hole to the left of the green – and ended high up in Stan’s left trouser leg.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Stan, from Peterculter, who is well known to the North-east bowling fraternity.

“It was a bit embarrassing. I was sitting on a seat and I braced myself for the ball landing and I thought I saw something at one of my ankles.

“I thought the ball was on the ground behind me and I turned around to look,” added Stan who will be 80 next month.

“I felt something against my leg. I didn’t feel anything at first because I wear a bandage after a knee operation.

“The steward told me not to move and Rory came over and laughed.

“I didn’t know where to look. Eventually, an official came and told me to stand up and the ball fell to the ground.”

McIlroy’s ball was marked and he was given a free drop before chipping to a foot and making his par three.

Rory returned back up the hill to give Stan the ball as a souvenir.

Stan said: “It has the letters RORS printed on it.

“I’ve no idea what I will do with it.”

The video was recorded by Stan's son-in-law Gary Watson.