Rahm is the defending champion at this week’s US Open. While his crown has yet to be taken away, his golf ball met a different fate during Thursday’s opening round.
The world No. 2 maintained his calm and was given a free drop. He had an open lane and proceeded to hit the new ball within 21 feet of the 18th hole. Rahm subsequently converted a birdie putt to conclude the day at 1-under 69.
The Spanish golfer was on the 18th hole at The Country Club when his tee shot went left and landed under the TV tower. As he approached the field, Rahm seen two children pick up the ball and run away with it.
The situation was treated lightly, and Rahm even made light of the situation saying he knows what the thieves look like because they weren’t exactly subtle while running away with his ball.
“I’m pretty sure I know who it was,” said Rahm with a laugh following his round. “I recognized the two kids that were running the opposite way with a smile on their face. I am 100% sure I saw the two kids that stole it.”
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