'I know who it was' – Jon Rahm has ball STOLEN by cheeky kids at US Open but still makes birdie | The Sun

JON RAHM had his ball stolen by two kids during the first round of the US Open on Thursday.

While on the 18th hole his shot narrowly missed the fairway and the ball landed next to a TV tower.

However, as he began walking over to the area some spectators noticed that two kids had picked up the ball and ran away with it.

Rahm was also aware of what was happening, but he was able to see the funny side of the situation.

When speaking to reporters at the end of the first day, he said: "I am 100 per cent sure I saw the two kids that stole it.

"Somebody — I’m pretty sure I know who it was. I recognised the two kids that were running the opposite way with a smile on their face.

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"I’m just really happy somebody spotted the ball first. We knew exactly where it was.

"Off the tee I was comfortable. I was past all the trees.

"After the free relief, I had 135 yards to the pin, in an area where the rough wasn’t that thick.

"I don’t think they expected anybody to hit it there or be around there, so I was able to drop it in an area that was a little downgrain, and I wasn’t in jeopardy of carrying the bunker. That wasn’t really a concern."

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After officials realised what had happened, the defending champion was granted a free drop.

But he kept his cool and was able to hit the ball on to the green before making a birdie putt.

Rahm finished the day one under par.

He now heads into the second round three shots behind current leader Adam Hadwin.

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