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Rob Lowe once traumatized by killing an Iowa finch while golfing. Birdie?

Rob Lowe once made a life-changing “birdie” in a round of golf.
Rob Lowe once made a life-changing “birdie” in a round of golf. YouTube

In case you missed it, Rob Lowe told Conan O’Brien this week that he once nailed a bird while golfing and was so traumatized he gave up the sport, one of several hobbies he credited with keeping him so young.

It happened in 2007 at a PGA celebrity pro-am tournament in Des Moines. He hit “a really – I thought – nice sand wedge,” he said.

The shot was dead-on: It nailed a bird in mid-flight.

“And BOINK, in the air, dead — into the trap,” said Lowe, 50.

“That's the thing, it's not like Randy Johnson, the pitcher who killed a seagull ... it's a finch.”

That would be Iowa’s state bird, an Eastern goldfinch, also known as the American goldfinch.

Lowe said that some of insurance-company sponsors of the tournament calculated the odds of killing the state bird with a golf shot were one in 747 million.

And the odds of him nailing an albatross would have been?

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