A young boy learned the first rule of golf the hard way—never pick up a player's ball during play.
The mop-topped kid— who looked like he could have been one of the delinquent caddies in "Caddyshack"— was caught red-handed running over and scooping up Tim Matteson's errant ball on the final hole of regulation during the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. on Sunday.
After an ominous gang of gallery members surrounded the boy holding the purloined ball, he had no choice but to drop what he thought was a free souvenir after attempting to hide the ball in his hands.
It looks like the kid knew he was wrong but didn't think anyone would notice that a ball in a golf tournament would be missed. You have to love his "who me?" look while backing away when he got busted.
The kid grabbed the ball after Matteson's shot landed in the trees. The golfer had just hit a magnificent 59-foot shot to eagle on the par-5 17th hole and was headed towards a sudden-death playoff with Zach Johnson.
Luckily, the ball-snatching kid's stunt didn't cost Matteson the tournament. After the golfer dropped the ball, he lost the tournament fair-and-square when Johnson birdied the second hole of sudden death.