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Jon Rahm left bemused after unfortunate stroke of luck

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Sometimes in golf, things just don't go the way that you would like them to.

Usually, it can be a combination of occurrences, such as the weather, or if a player is having an on or off day on the course.

But, spare a thought for Spaniard Jon Rahm, who suffered the misfortune of hitting a perfectly good shot - only for his luck to bounce in the other direction.

Competing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open event on the PGA Tour, the Spaniard played a fine approach towards the green, only to see his shot hit the ball of his playing partner Xander Schauffele in the process.

Schauffele had previously played a fine shot, which stood at just six-feet away from a par four, only to see Rahm's effort deflect onto his ball, causing it to race off the green 30-feet from the hole.

Rahm had hit a sweet drive at the 451-yard par four, and was forced to play his next shot in an awkward position, after it landed in the rough towards the intrigued spectators.

Meanwhile, American Schauffele, who had also been at the epicentre of the freak incident, was allowed to place his ball on the initial spot that it had landed before Rahm intervened.

Both players eventually walked away from the second green with pars to their names, having got over the original misfortune on the course.

Rahm and Schauffele both shot opening under pars during their opening round of action in Phoenix.

Rahm, aged 23, who is currently second in the World Rankings, is tied seventh following a round of four-under par 67, while his fellow playing partner Schaufelle remains one shot further back on three-under.

American Bill Haas is currently out in front at the TPC Scottsdale by two shots, leading the way at seven-under at a par 64.

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