DP World Tour Pro Lashes Out After Nearly Suffering a $20,00 Blow Due to a Bizzare Reason At a Marque PGA Tour Event

Published 03/05/2023, 6:30 AM EST

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The golf world is busy enjoying the LIV Golf League and discussions about the recent changes on the PGA Tour. However, amidst all that, news has been making rounds. It was sad, and it might blow your mind as well. A DP World Tour Player recently suffered an unexpected loss during the Honda Classic. It has raised eyebrows and left people wondering about safety.

A sad day for the security protocol of the PGA Tour in golf

Adrian Meronk, a Polish professional golfer who plays on the DP World Tour, almost suffered an unexpected loss. After his opening round, he discovered someone had stolen his TrackMan and iPad at PGA National. The 2022 Horizon Irish Open winner shot a three-under round of 67 to open his tournament. He was part of the later tee times on Thursday; therefore, the pro golfer stayed at the venue until 8:30 pm. However, on early Friday, Meronk thought he was dreaming when he opened his locker, as he found almost $20,000 worth of items missing.


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The news spread like a jungle fire, and the on-site local authorities became active. Cops analyzed the video surveillance, and thankfully, they spotted the culprit. In the video, they saw a 40-year-old man called Matthew Archer enter the locker room after 8.30 pm. He was working there as one of the vendors at the Honda Classic. Fourteen minutes later, he was seen in a gray golf shirt leaving the locker room, carrying two bags. 


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After the investigation, Archer was sent to the Palm Beach County jail and was charged with burglary and grand theft. But thankfully, the 29-year-old golfer got his TrackMan and iPad back. After the incident, the World number 52 golfer said, “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 he was not even mad after the burglary because he couldn’t believe it. However, it wasn’t the first time that a golfer has been robbed.

The innocent Polish golfer

It was the fourth event for the golfer on the PGA Tour when he almost lost his belongings. But his innocence was commendable after the incident. He said, “I thought someone must have taken it by mistake, but how do you take it by mistake?” However, the incident had a happy ending, and the quick actions of the police satisfied him. Thankfully, it did not affect his performance. He finished six-under for the event and was in a tie for 14th. It was his best finish on the PGA Tour yet.


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Saumya Yashawant

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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country's players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare