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Video: Rory McIlory Gets Massive Lucky Break At Tour Championship

A closeup of Rory McIlroy

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 06: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the third tee during the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good on the golf course. And for Rory McIlroy, strong luck may have just saved him the 2019 Tour Championship.

On the eighth hole at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, McIlroy attempted a high shot that struck the edge of the green. Unfortunately, the ball quickly began to roll down the hill towards the nearby lake.

Even upon seeing the shot, he and several fans immediately voiced their fears that the shot would be way off the mark.

McIlroy's shot seemed sure to roll into the water, but it caught the lip of a storm drain and halted midway down the hill.

He salvaged the hole with a par four.

He may not have gotten the location that he wanted, but at least he avoided a critical stroke penalty.

Soon after escaping the eighth hole, McIlroy recorded a pair of birdies on the back-nine, bringing him to minus-4 on the day through 13 holes.

As of writing he owns a four-stroke lead over second-place Xander Schauffele.

Brooks Koepka, McIlroy's partner today, came into the Tour Championship with a two-stroke lead on the starting score. He is currently five strokes back from McIlroy and plus-2 on the day.

Luck certainly seems to be with McIlroy today. If he can just hold on for a few more holes, the prize will be his for the taking.

The final round is on NBC.