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Friday, October 4, 2013

Who Needs Birdies When We Got Squirrels?

In case you missed it... the Americans were leading in all 6 matches, then there was a rain delay, then the International team came back to finish the session behind by only 1 point, which was enough to get the LPGA tournament completely dropped from the GC broadcast schedule...

And all anybody could talk about was a squirrel. See it riding around with Davis Love III?

Davis Love with his little buddy

And then Davis passed his little buddy off to Lindsey Vonn (who, btw, is apparently ahead of schedule to return to skiing and the Winter Olympics) and Lindsey decided it would look oh-so-cute riding on Tiger's shoulder...



And later on we found out it was still traveling with Davis... in his pants pocket. (I find it impossible to think about the interview without flashing back to the scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? where Eddie's girlfriend asks "Is that a rabbit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?")

You can read most of the details at this USAToday link, and also find the Tweeted picture of Davis & Friend, and find the video, and the photo, and just generally everything you ever wanted to know about little squirrels that fall out of trees and make friends with golfers. Not included is the tale of how Davis came into possession of the little guy, which is as follows:

While following one of the groups, Davis noticed a commotion off the 2nd green. Not wanting it to interfere with the golf, he went to check it out. A baby squirrel had fallen out of a tree and several of the fans were trying to corral it... so David picked it up to end the commotion. Although Davis mentioned the so-called superstition where his family often picked up a stick where Davis was playing for luck, it sounded to me as if the superstition angle was an afterthought; he simply decided it made a good story. He did note that the three groups he followed -- with the squirrel -- all won or tied their matches.

It'll be interesting to see if the little guy turns up again today... and if it's any good at alternate shot.

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