While I have never been to Australia, I would like to think that it's a magical place filled with kangaroos around every corner.
Of course, I'm talking about the soft, cuddly ones portrayed on American cartoons—not the ones that act like a gang of thugs hell-bent on delaying a nice game of golf.
Welcome to the LPGA Tour's ISPS Handa Australian Open in Yarralumla, Australia, where venomous spider bites don't stop the tournament but fun-loving kangaroos certainly do.
Deadspin reports the Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club had one of the more odd delays in sports on Thursday. The picture they provided shows Karrie Webb waiting on a pack of kangaroos that don't seem to care about the important tournament taking place:
In case you were wondering, Deadspin confirms this is indeed the same course where a Swedish golfer suffered a Black Widow bite a couple days ago.
You might remember the plight of Daniela Holmqvist, a rookie who was trying to play into the tournament this weekend. After being bitten on the ankle, the brave young woman took out the venom with a tee and finished out the round.
There was some conjecture as to whether that brand of evil actually lives in Australia. According to National Geographic, it does.
Not that any of this matters. In my mind, Australia is a place where humans are at constant odds with nature—fighting off venomous insects, ubiquitous snakes and troops of kangaroos who take to loitering on the golf course.
As of this writing, I couldn't find any video of the rogue roos. If any of you happen to find video, by all means, let us know.
In this day and age, I find it remarkable that someone failed to take out a camera. Hell, I saw some deer on a golf course a few weeks ago and took nearly five hours of footage.
Because we don't have video as of yet, I am forced to bring you the closest dramatization of what is going on down there:
There are still a few days left of the LPGA Aussie Open. I will be here in my safe haven, away from wild animals, clicking refresh on my computer as I await the next plague on this tournament.
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