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Scotland’s Connor Syme was among six players to have their custom-built putters stolen ahead of the matchplay stages of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.

According to Golf Australia, four of the matchplay qualifiers – Syme, Per Langfors, Wade Ormsby and Andrew Martin – had their flatsticks stolen, forcing them to use last-minute replacements.

Meanwhile, James Morrison and Adrien Saddier, who both failed to qualify for the matchplay stages, had their putters stolen too, while Zach Murray lost dozens of golf balls, gloves, hats and wine from
his locker on Friday night and Aaron Pike had his towel thrown from his bag and clubs rearranged.

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Syme’s took to Twitter to share his dismay at the theft, which he couldn’t get his head around given that it would unlikely be sold on as it has his name and initials printed on it.

A statement released to Golf Australia said: “We can confirm that putters were reported missing from the bags of
six players inside the locker room at Lake Karrinyup Country Club before
the final round of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth,” the statement
from PGA of Australia General Manager of Tournament and Event
Operations, Natalie McIlroy said.

“The locker room is secured in line with our standard tournament
arrangements and we are working with the club, the security team and the
police to establish how this occurred.

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“We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to the players involved and will review this situation to prevent it occurring again.

“It would be inappropriate to comment any further while the matter is being investigated.”

It is understood police will examine CCTV footage from one of the clubhouse entrances as part of their investigation.

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