Oh, the animals we saw in 2014
From alligators to snakes, it seems like 2014 was a crazy year for animals creating havoc on golf courses. Here are a few memorable encounters, in alphabetical order:
At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April, PGA Tour player John Peterson gave a very dangerous assist to playing partner James Driscoll, pushing an alligator into a pond so Driscoll could play his approach shot.
Wildlife is a cornerstone of South Africa. Luke Donald saw that firsthand earlier this month at the Nedbank Challenge, when a baboon ran down the fairway.
This is one of those rare times when an eagle on the golf course isn't a good thing.
These bear cubs seemed to enjoy their time on the golf course, even though they held up play.
The St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida was visited by a Florida bobcat in November, seen here trotting across the 10th tee.
These footprints belong to Malaysian elephants who apparently wander over from the nearby tropical rainforest, near where Ernie Els is developing a 27-hole golf resort.
Everyone is afraid of something. For pro golfer Peter Uihlein, it's tiny frogs.
This poor golfer was minding his own business when, out of nowhere, he was attacked by a goose.
Pablo Larrazabal was attacked by hornets and stung more than 20 times at the Maybank Malaysian Open in April before he effected a watery escape.
This is a reader-submitted photo from Growling Frog Golf Course in Yan Yean, Australia, on the north side of Melbourne. And yes, those are kangaroos.
Only in Australia... Growling Frog GC. #teamtitleist #mytitileist
Indiana Jones would not be amused by this sign spotted at the European Tour stop in April.
An interesting sign displayed at the Volvo China Open. The players won't want to hit it off line round this track! pic.twitter.com/1PhbnGeUIu
— FootJoy Europe (@FootJoyEurope) April 24, 2014