Golf enthusiasts are accustomed to hearing a curved putt referred to as “snaking.” However, they may not be as familiar with the sight of a snake hanging from the end of a golf club.
Rickie Fowler was present at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on Saturday to give a secure demonstration.
Fowler found himself on the seventh hole during the third round of the Charlotte PGA Tour event. As he took his tee shot, the ball veered sharply to the right, heading dangerously close to the water lining the edge of the fairway.
While looking for his lost ball, the American golfer saw a snake resting among the rocks. North Carolina is known for having various types of snakes, some of which live in the state’s waterways. Comments on the PGA’s tweet were divided on the type of snake that Fowler encountered, but it is believed to be a northern watersnake, a harmless snake found in North America.
Fowler carefully manipulated his wedge to delicately remove the snake from a crevice between the rocks before it could escape. This collaboration was especially appropriate since the 34-year-old has been a partner with Puma-Cobra for a long time.
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He ultimately took a penalty drop but was able to make par, recording a three-under 68. He then repeated this score on Sunday, finishing tied for 14th at eight-under overall. This was 11 shots behind the champion, Wyndham Clark.
He moves up three spots to become the 50th ranked player in the world, just in time for the PGA Championship at Oak Hill later this month. There, he will once again try to win his first major title after coming in second place three times before.
Fowler hopes to avoid the same misfortune that happened to Richard Brand during last year’s tournament. The English golfer’s second round was disrupted by a squirrel running onto the green, stopping his ball and rolling it around before quickly running off.
Unfortunately, Bland was prohibited from adjusting his ball or redoing his shot according to the regulations set by the US Golf Association, adding insult to injury.
Dogs, deer, and alligators have joined snakes and squirrels in adding to the ongoing saga of animal encounters in golf.