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Conspiracy! Did this man steal Rory McIlroy’s golf ball at the British Open?

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A report in The Sun suggests Rory McIlroy’s efforts to rally at the British Open may have been undone by a greedy fan.

McIlroy’s drive at the par-5 15th hole went wide left. Efforts to find the ball nestled among the gorse was unsuccessful, and McIlroy ultimately had to declare the ball lost, en route to a bogey six that stymied his efforts.

Or were those efforts unsuccessful? Conspiracy!  

Some intrepid golf fans sent The Sun video of what they allege to be a fan picking up McIlroy’s ball and putting it in his pocket.

The video shows the search for the Ulsterman’s golf ball. A fan enters the fame and finds something golf ball-like on the ground. He examines it and puts it in his pocket. Of course, it’s impossible to confirm that it’s McIlroy’s ball (if indeed it’s a ball at all), but an interesting theory nevertheless.

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“That fella just found the golf ball! He’s not told him (McIlroy)! Terrible!”

Now, even if the fan did make off with McIlroy’s ball, it’s not like he robbed the Ulsterman of a victory. Birdieing the 15th would have left him three strokes behind Spieth still, who ultimately finished at 12 under par.

However, as The Sun points out, if the fan did put McIlroy’s ball in his pocket, he certainly took some money out of McIlroy’s pocket. The prize difference between third and T-4 (where he finished) was $204,000.

The Sun doesn’t allow embedding of their videos, so you can check out golf’s Zapruder film here.

Let us know what you think after examining the evidence.

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  1. dcorun

    Aug 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    He’s not even alone. The people all around him never noticed a ball at their feet. The guy in the shorts is literally standing on it. I would have looked down to see what some guy was doing crawling around under me.

  2. Tom54

    Jul 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Unless someone actually saw him pick up the ball, tough luck. They have provisions for just that if it’s actually happened. On the other hand, we don’t have hundreds of people to find our wild tee balls when we play. He hit a bad shot, way off line and lost it. He paid the price

  3. Robert Parsons

    Jul 31, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Play it where it lies. Rory should take his 7 iron and hack away at that guys pocket! Hahaha

  4. kennyboy

    Jul 31, 2017 at 11:04 am

    WTF that doesnt evn look like a ball thats just been put into play. Wasnt rorys time he will b back for certain.

  5. Dave R

    Jul 31, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Fire him

  6. JThunder

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Illiteracy strikes again! A conspiracy requires two or more people – you can’t conspire with yourself, you conspire with others. But another lovely ludicrous click-bait effort by wrx. Or more accurately the Golf Enquirer.

  7. AG

    Jul 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    So, a guy picks up something that may or may not be a ball that may or may not belong to Rory and suddenly its a conspiracy against Rory?

    On a related note, does the Open go through all of heavy rough/gorse/fescue before the tournament starts and clean out all of the lost balls? If not, the odds are infinitely better that the guy just found a ball that some random golfer lost in that rough earlier this year.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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