A real baboon spooks Luke Donald in South Africa

Luke Donald
Wildlife is a cornerstone of South Africa. Luke Donald saw that firsthand on Friday at the Nedbank Challenge when a baboon ran down the fairway.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, December 05, 2014 | 8:15 a.m.

Usually, it's cute when an animal steals the spotlight at a golf tournament. Whether it's a bird flying off with a golf ball, a family of geese crossing a fairway (or an angry goose attacking a golfer), a deer taking in the action, or maybe a dog hanging out on a tee box.

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But, it can be downright scary too (a lot scarier than that time Peter Uihlein was attacked by a frog)... Like on Friday in the Nedbank Challenge being played in South Africa. That's where former world No. 1 Luke Donald was spooked by -- of all things -- a baboon!

Check it out:

How about that uncomfortable giggle from Donald? It was one of those, "I know the cameras are on me so I'm going to laugh so I don't get made fun of on social media, but get me out of here!" reactions. 

Animals on the course are great. Unless they're animals I only wish to see on a safari. Donald, by the way, went on to shoot a 63 and claim the 36-hole lead.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.