Two kids took off with Jon Rahm’s golf ball on the 18th hole on day one of the US Open at Brookline – but incredibly, Rahm took his fall and birdied it anyway.
Rahm, who is looking to defend his US Open title at Brookline this week, sent his tee shot 18 down the left rough.
As the Spaniard trudged down the fairway to fetch his ball, he saw two children running off with his Callaway ball.
Rahm took his free drop for having his ball stolen, then received another drop due to line of sight with the grandstand in his path.
The world No. 2 then sent his approach shot to the heart of the green from 20 feet, then drained the putt to end his round 1 under par.
“Someone, I’m pretty sure who it was,” Rahm said when asked who took his ball after the inning.
“I recognized the two kids running in the opposite direction with a smile on their face.
“I’m 100% sure I saw the two kids who stole it.”
“I’m just very happy that someone spotted the ball first,” he added.
“We knew exactly where he was. At the start I was comfortable. I was past all the trees. After the free clearance I had 135 yards to the pin, in an area where the rough wasn’t that thick.
“I don’t think they were expecting anyone to hit it there or be there, so I was able to drop it in an area a bit downriver, and I wasn’t in danger of carrying the bunker. It wasn’t really a concern.”
Rahm finds himself just two strokes off the pace as he stands in the early stages of round one.
It hasn’t been the best start to the year for Rahm, but he still has one win under his belt after winning the Mexican Open in early May.
Rahm has disappointed so far in majors this year with just a tie for 28th at the Masters and a tie for 48th at the US PGA Championship.