PGA of America Says There’s No Evidence Balls Were Stolen During Rain Delay

July 31, 2016
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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The PGA of America says it received no official word that golf balls were stolen from a soggy Baltusrol during the third-round rain delay Saturday.

Players often leave balls on the course if they think a delay will be short-lived (they would mark on the green, however). Of course, that wasn’t the case on Saturday, when play was stopped at 2:15 p.m. and never resumed. Reports say some fans took advantage of the free souvenirs.

According to a tweet from Golf News Net’s Ryan Ballengee, one visor-clad spectator says he witnessed someone swiping a ball. If that were the case, one would assume such theft would have to be reported when the round resumed.

When asked for comment, the PGA of America said: “We have received no official notice from course officials that balls were being stolen from the greens, all we have seen on that is that one story from USA Today.