The obstacles that come while contending at a PGA Tour occasion may be unrelenting.
Tight fairways, swirling winds, fierce rivals and close by alligators all come to thoughts.
Wait, what was that final one once more?
That’s proper, while within the thick of this week’s Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, Cameron Champ was forced to take a swing while standing simply a few toes from an alligator on Saturday.
Champ had knocked the ball within the water and he and enjoying accomplice Tony Finau — that is the Tour’s lone staff occasion — wanted the 25-year-old to step up and concentrate on an essential shot, all while a gator was standing simply a few yards away.
Champ downplayed the incident after the spherical, however his accomplice didn’t.
“It wasn’t that bad. He was maybe 20 feet, but still, he was a little guy,” Champ stated. “I was kind of making sure he wasn’t going to …”
“The alligator wanted a piece of him after he hit it in the water,” Finau added.
“Yeah, probably so,” Champ replied.
Champ and Finau are only one stroke behind leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel heading into Sunday’s last spherical.
Of course, gators aren’t an uncommon sight at golf programs on the south coast, as there have been quite a few sightings of those four-legged fellows through the years — from large ones to territorial ones.