The eagle has landed – and it’s carrying a …golf ball? We’re not sure where or when this video was shot, but you’ll see it clearly shows an eagle playing with and then carrying away an unfortunate golfer’s ball that had come to rest on the green.
This is not the first, or likely the last, occurrence of avian interference. One of the most recent came during last May’s Crowne Plaza Championship at Colonial when Jimmy Walker’s tee shot struck a bird in midflight:
One of the most memorable examples of fowl play happened on the 17th hole during the 1998 Players Championship. A seagull plucked Steve Lowery’s ball from the safety of the island green and dropped it into the water:
Lowery, and the guy whose ball was stolen by the eagle, are protected by Rule 18-1: outside agency. If a critter takes your ball, take a drop without penalty and play on.