Kangaroos on golf course at LPGA's Australian Open

12:45 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
Karrie Webb of Australia waits for the kangaroos to clear the fairway during day one of the ISPS Handa Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club on February 14, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)
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Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports

A mob of kangaroos interrupted the first day of the LPGA's Australian Open at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, causing a brief delay while organizers called Paul Hogan and put another shrimp on the barbie, thus making sure this was the most stereotypical Australian moment ever.

Only the first part of that is true, which doesn't make it any less ridiculous. The kangaroo mob was seen crossing fairways and interrupted play, leading to the delay.

What happens if a shot landed in the marsupial's pouch? Or if one of the animals took a ball to use as a trophy for the boxing match that was to take place later? The player wouldn't be penalized.

From the rules of golf:

Rule 18-1. By outside agency.

If a ball at rest is moved by an outside agency, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.

Note: It is a question of fact whether a ball has been moved by an outside agency. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that an outside agency has moved the ball. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must play the ball as it lies or, if the ball is not found, proceed under Rule 27-1.

So if you see Kanga or Roo steal the ball, you're in the clear. But the rule does not apply if you're actually playing golf against a kangaroo. In that case the animal would be assessed a one-stroke penalty for intentionally moving your ball.











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