Travelers Championship: Course invader drives Rory McIlroy and crowd nuts

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Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship was briefly interrupted by a squirrel (Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy’s start to the third round of the Travelers Championship was interrupted in bizarre fashion as his swing was halted by an unexpected spectator.

As McIlroy prepared to tee off at the first hole, a squirrel darted onto the course at TPC River Highlands.

The furry fan sent both McIlroy and the crowd into hysterics and, though his bushy-tailed beastie was twice ushered away, it managed to defy the stewards and returned to the tee in time to watch the drive.

McIlroy duly sent it into familiar territory for the squirrel as he hit his opening shot into the trees, eventually having to settle for a bogey.