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Adrian Meronk has revealed that his launch monitor and iPad were stolen from his locker during last week’s Honda Classic.
The Pole, in the frame to make his Ryder Cup debut in Rome later this year, made the shock discovery ahead of the second round of the PGA Tour event in Palm Beach Gardens.
Meronk, 29, had left his $15,000 Trackman and iPad in his locker after leaving the course around 8.30pm following the opening round at PGA National.
Surveillance footage captured Matther Archer, 40, entering the locker room soon after and leaving after 14 minutes carrying two bags.
Archer, who was working for one of the concession vendors at the tournament, was contacted by police and subsequently returned the stolen goods to the course. According to a police report, he claimed that he mistook Meronk’s TrackMan for a laptop.
He was charged with burglary and grand theft and taken to Palm Beach County jail.
Meronk, who went on to finish in a tie for 14th in the event to boost his hopes of forcing his way into Luke Donald’s European team, admitted the incident had left him a little shaken.
“I could track the [TrackMan] on the phone so the last seen location was like 600 yards away from the clubhouse in the buildings, so we showed that to the police,” he said.
“To be honest, I was shocked. I didn’t even get mad because I didn’t even believe it. I thought someone must have taken it by mistake, but how do you take it by mistake?
“It was a happy ending to the story. Great job by the police.”
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