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While three of the world’s top golfers were waiting for their 08:00 tee off at the Scottish Open, an unknown spectator decided to get a head start.

Rory McIlroy, his caddy and the US Open champion, Jon Rahm, were chatting to one another at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian when a spectator helped himself to one of the clubs in McIlroy's bag.

Footage has been released of the moment when the spectator took an iron from the former world number one and proceeded to walk to where the players usually tee off. While Rahm and Thomas both stared in disbelief, McIlroy did a double-take showing his disbelief at what was happening.

Security eventually stepped in and escorted the man from the tee.

The Scotsman reports that a spokesperson for the European Tour said: "At approximately 08:00 on Friday morning, a spectator entered the 10th tee area. He was quickly escorted from the tee by security personnel and the matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland."

It was later reported that a "35-year-old man has been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and enquiries are ongoing".

Watch the Tengolf Television video below to see the moment when a random spectator helped himself to Rory McIlroy's golf clubs at the Scottish Open.

Image credit: Daily Record

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