As an experienced PGA star, world no. 2 Jon Rahm has seen it all on the Tour. Well, maybe not all. On day one of the US Open at The Country Club, Rahm experienced something for the first time in his professional career: a human hazard.
The defending US Open champion pulled a 301-yard tee shot left of the fairway into a thick rough- and two kids snatched the ball, running off with it gleefully. Rahm spoke about it after his opening round, which saw him shoot one-under. Here are Rahm’s words, per ESPN.
“I’m pretty sure I know who it was,” Rahm said after 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.”
As Rahm said, it was pretty easy to spot the two kids who stole his US Open ball, as they were “running the opposite way with a smile on their face.” Gee, who stole Rahm’s ball, couldn’t be the two kids laughing hysterically and running away from the course, could it?
Fortunately for the PGA star, he was granted a free drop, using it to hit his ball within 21 feet of the 18th hole. Rahm then nailed a putt for birdie to finish day one on a strong note.
The free drop wouldn’t have been needed if it weren’t for those meddling kids. Still, it all ended well for Rahm.
Now he’ll have quite the US Open tale to tell.