Rahm shrugs off Scottish Open fan incident

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A bizarre fan encounter on the opening hole has not stopped US Open champion Jon Rahm claiming a share of the Scottish Open lead after the second round.

A 35-year-old man was taken into custody on Friday morning after nonchalantly walking on to the 10th tee and taking a six iron out of Rahm's playing partner Rory McIlroy's bag at the Renaissance Club.

McIlroy and his caddie, Harry Diamond, along with Rahm looked on in disbelief as the spectator began taking practice swings at the tee.

A European Tour spokesperson said the spectator "was escorted from the tee by security personnel and the matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland".

Rahm - who shot a 65 on day two to share the tournament lead at 11 under with Belgium's Thomas Detry (65) and first round leader Jack Senior (67) of England - said the spectator stank of alcohol.

"He came in so confident and we thought he was going to take a picture or something," the Spaniard said.

"Me and Rory didn't say anything. He was holding a six iron and I didn't want to get hurt.

"When he walked back and they were taking him out you could smell the reason why it happened.

"It didn't put anyone off. If anything it put a smile on our faces. It will be a pretty good story to tell in the future."

Rahm shrugged off the incident and raced to the turn in just 29 shots, retaining the form that led him to his first major title but could only cover the front nine in level par.

South African George Coetzee (66) and Britons Lee Westwood (67) and Matt Fitzpatrick (66) were a stroke behind the leaders.

World No.3 Justin Thomas shot a 69 to be eight under along with Ian Poulter and Scotland's David Law.

McIlroy shot a second round 71 and missed the cut.

The 32-year-old was seventh in the US Open last month but laboured to a tie for 59th in the Irish Open last week and on current form faces an uphill battle to end his win-less streak in majors in the upcoming The Open Championship.

Four of the world's top five players are part of a star-studded field at the Scottish Open, which is the first golf tournament in Britain to admit spectators since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

The Scottish Open is a tune-up for The Open Championship, which begins next week at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent, England.

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