Jon Ram escaped stolen ball, hits 69th at US Open

Brooklyn, Massachusetts – John Ram survived a late case left and a stolen golf ball on his first round to ensure he stayed in the mix to become the eighth player in succession at the US Open.

Ram couldn’t help but shrug his shoulders and laugh as two kids sped off from the vicinity as his wild jersey ended up on the 18th hole. The drive sailed well to the left and bounced off the broadcast tent.

It was a relaxing moment on a stressful morning at The Country Club for Rahm who, after getting a free drop, was able to take the approach shot from 20 feet before discharging the bird to reap a 1-under 69. Only two shots left him in the back from the morning-goers.

“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,” Ram laughed afterwards. “I’m really glad someone spotted the ball first.”

The one-hole ball fiasco came only after Ram thought he might have blown his championship one-hole. The Spaniard had pulled his drive into the 17th hole so far to the left that he was worried he’d run into it out of bounds.

He reloaded and hit him momentarily, but that ball also began to sail left toward Francis Oymet’s childhood home. Ram grabbed a third ball before informing him that his first ball remained on the property.

The seven-time winner of the PGA TOUR had led the ball beautifully before the last two holes, but his nine-forward plane was offset by three ghosts on the third, ninth and fifteenth holes. At his own discretion, there were “about five iron shots that I just picked up” with a refreshing crosswind coming in.

“I didn’t really realize how close I was. He said of the seventeenth day after he ran away on equal terms.

“I feel like I’ve played golf really well all day. I just saw a lot of (the strokes) coming close and not going in, hitting two skewed motors in the last two holes and somehow ended up with two jumper throws and making the last one break the level in the first round of the US “Open, it’s a pretty big deal,” he said.

“A lot of that was kind of hesitant and doubtful in my mind because we weren’t quite sure where the wind was coming from and didn’t get 100% of the time to shoot,…but I’m not worried.”

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