Rob Lowe Killed an Iowa State Bird While Golfing, Quit the Sport

Rob Lowe on Conan
Rob Lowe recalled the time he killed an Iowa state bird while playing a round of golf during an appearance on Conan on Monday, Jan. 19 — find out if he still plays the outdoor sport 

Rob Lowe is really, really sorry. The Parks and Recreation alum admitted during an appearance on Conan on Monday, Jan. 19, that he accidentally killed a bird while playing golf back in 2007.

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The incident occurred during a friendly celebrity tournament, but left such an impression on the actor that he quit the sport cold turkey.

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“I gave golf up because I killed the Iowa state bird in flight, in a golf tournament,” Lowe, 50, told host Conan O’Brien.

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Rob Lowe golfing in 2005 Huw John/Rex Features

“I went to a PGA Pro-Am celebrity thing in the state capital of Iowa, and I hit a really, I thought, nice sand wedge,” he recalled. “And boink, in the air, dead — into the trap.”

The situation is so rare that the tournament’s sponsors even calculated what the odds are of killing the state bird with just one swing. The answer? One in 747 million.

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“That just sounds impossible,” O’Brien replied. “Unless the bird was suicidal!”

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