Tiger Woods once struck fear in the hearts of golfers on the course. But now that he’s out of golf to heal from his car crash, there is a new big cat atop the golfing food chain.
Grounds crews at Skukuza Golf Course in South Africa spotted a leopard inspecting a tee box last week. Oddly, this isn’t uncommon. The unfenced course is in the middle of the Kruger National Park. The course says on its website that it’s normal to see hippos, impalas, baboons, as well as several other animals on the course.
But the internet couldn’t let this sighting go unremarked. There were too many Tiger Woods jokes to make.
Several people joked they’d go straight to the “19th hole” if they came across this creature on the course. Stopping off at the club’s watering hole may seem like the best option, but Skukuza Golf Course officials say there is nothing to worry about.
“Fear not,” groundskeeper Jean Rossouw said, “golfers can still enjoy a round as she poses little to danger to humans. That is if you respect her in her natural habitat.”
Golfer: Tiger Woods Working Toward Comeback
Golfer Steve Stricker said Tiger Woods‘ rehab from his car wreck in February is going well. So well, in fact, that Stricker believes fans will see Woods on the course again someday.
Last week, Stricker, who is captain of the Ryder Cup team, said Woods is working toward that goal, according to TMZ. The topic came up during his appearance on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio’s ‘Inside the Ropes.’
“I’ve talked to Tiger a lot,” Stricker said. “He’s a part of this Ryder Cup family. He won’t be able to be a captain’s assistant this time around just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to try to get better and to try to play golf again, and that is going well.”
Woods was meant to be a co-captain of the Ryder Cup team but had to withdraw after his wreck. Though, Stricker said Tiger stayed involved in the team.
We don’t know much about how Woods’ rehab is going. He hasn’t granted many interviews since he broke the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in a single-vehicle wreck. Doctors surgically repaired his broken bones and damaged ankle and foot. He spent the past several months at his Florida home undergoing grueling rehabilitation.
“(These injuries have) been an entirely different animal,” Woods told Golf Digest in May. “I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”
Whether his leg will heal well enough to play golf again is unknown.