Smylie Kaufman startled by fake snake prank

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There's nothing like a good prank. In Las Vegas this week where he's defending his first PGA Tour win, Smylie Kaufman was the victim of the old rubber-snake gag.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, November 04, 2016 | 8:29 a.m.

There are many people who love snakes.

I, for one, am not one of those people. And, as we recently learned, neither is PGA Tour winner Smylie Kaufman.

The 24-year-old Kaufman is in Las Vegas this week to defend his title in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. During Wednesday's pro-am, his caddie decided to give Kaufman's amateur partners a good chuckle while nearly giving his boss a heart attack.

As you'll see in the video below, Kaufman casually picks his tee out of the teeing ground after a drive and walks over to his bag to put his club away. Just as he's about to do so, he notices a snake:


Fun Pro-am @shrinersopen with @jjd7007 and Mike Meldman until they planted a fake snake on my bag...#casamigoscrew

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Overall, pretty brave reaction. I would have fallen down.

In this Instagram video from Ben Crane showing a different angle, you can see the caddie setting up the prank:

Fantastic. And a warning to my future playing partners: NEVER DO THIS TO ME.

As for the most famous rubber-snake golf gag of all time? That still belongs to Lee Trevino, who tossed a rubber snake at Jack Nicklaus on the first tee of an 18-hole playoff in the 1971 U.S. Open to lighten the tension:

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