Fans left outraged as RTE cut to ad break for Rory McIlroy's iconic Irish Open-winning shot
Published 23/05/2016 | 12:38
After coming into difficulty down the stretch at the Irish Open, Rory McIlroy captured the trophy for the first time after playing approach shots at 16, 17 and 18 that almost defied belief.
His 252 yard second shot to the par 5 18th was one of the best of McIlroy's illustrious career, with the ball landing a mere three feet from the hole, which saw the Northern Irishman seal a three stroke win with an eagle.
However, many Irish golf fans were deprived of seeing the iconic moment live, as RTE were on an ad break when McIlroy played the spectacular shot. Despite replaying it moments later, many viewers were angered, especially as it wasn't the first time that the station's commercial responsibilities interfered with the action during the closing holes.
Irish rugby star Gordon D'Arcy was one of many to voice their displeasure online after missing out on seeing a truly great sporting moment live.
Deplorable that RTE was showing us ads when Rory was playing one of the defining shots of his career. And the licence fee benefits us!— OmiCronFX (@OmicronFX) May 22, 2016