US Open 2022: Jon Rahm says two kids stole his golf ball after a missed shot

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Defending US Open champion Jon Rahm had an awkward moment during the first round of the third major tournament of the year.

Rahm was on the 18th hole on Thursday when his tee shot went to the left and hit a broadcast tent. He said he saw two boys steal his golf ball after the wrong swing.

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Jon Rahm of Spain watches his swing on the 15th hole during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at the Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Jon Rahm of Spain watches his swing on the 15th hole during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at the Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Brookline, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

“I’m sure I know who it was. I recognized the two kids who were running in the opposite direction with a smile on their face. I’m 100% sure I saw the two kids who stole it,” Rahm said, via PGATour.com. “I’m really glad someone saw the ball first.”

Rahm somehow saved a 1 under 69, which put him three strokes behind Day 1 leader Adam Hadwin. He had four birdies and three bogeys as he made his round.

Jon Rahm of Spain reacts on hole 15 during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Jon Rahm of Spain reacts on hole 15 during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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“I feel like I’ve played pretty good golf all day. I’ve just seen a lot of (putts) come close and not go in, and hit two ragged shots on the last two holes and somehow end up with two birdie shots and make the last one to break the par in the first round of the US Open, it’s a big deal,” he said.

Jon Rahm of Spain watches his fourth hole putt during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Jon Rahm of Spain watches his fourth hole putt during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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A lot of it was a little bit of indecision and doubt in my mind because we didn’t know exactly where the wind was coming from and we didn’t commit 100% of the time to the shot… but I’m not worried.”

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Rahm will start his second round at 1:00 pm ET.

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