‘Unexpected visitor’ crashes PGA Tour event


Kyle Stanley had one other eagle in a 14-point spherical Friday to take the lead into the weekend within the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event.

But it was a bear that crashed the event that basically turned heads.

Tahoe Mountain is staging the event for the primary time after 21 years throughout the border in Nevada at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

It appears that bear-sightings within the mountainous space isn’t uncommon however the scene of an enormous black bear casually crossing the green nonetheless took many unexpectedly.

Luckily there have been no followers permitted on the event, however gamers and caddies together with Kevin Tway, Pat Perez and Brendan Steele watched on very cautiously because the wild animal headed to some woods alongside a inexperienced.

“With a state of affairs similar to a bear roaming the course in its pure habitat, we mainly do not intrude until it turns into a harmful state of affairs for gamers and caddies and anybody else,” John Mutch of PGA Tour Rules & Competitions informed People Magazine.

“Along with our safety workers, we observe the actions of the bear. The guidelines of golf permit for us to pause and maintain play if there’s a menace. In truth, we did this with a bunch on the 10th tee Friday when the bear was close by.

“As far as wildlife goes on the sector, it is truly pretty widespread!

“In Florida it is common for alligators and snakes to come back onto the inexperienced, and there have even been monkeys and kangaroos in Japan and Australia.”

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Stanley had a 22-point complete for a two-stroke lead over Matthias Schwab, Robert Streb and Branden Grace in excessive altitude at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course.

Players obtain eight factors for albatross, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-Three for double bogey or worse.

“Actually, I’m undecided what I shot,” mentioned Stanley, who had a 5-under 66.

“It’s form of the bizarre, the format out right here. You’re form of focusing extra on factors than you might be what your rating is. But I had one other eagle in the present day, which was good. I had one yesterday. That actually helped my level complete.”

Stanley eagled the par-5 12th a day after carrying out the feat on the par-5 sixth. He additionally had six birdies and two bogeys in his afternoon spherical Friday. The 32-year-old is making an attempt to win for the third time on the tour after breaking by way of within the 2012 Phoenix Open and taking the 2017 Quicken Loans National.

“I’ve been driving it properly,” Stanley mentioned.

“It’s form of enjoyable, this chance to form of swing away. We have some shorter par 4s out right here so you may make a go at a few of these, a bit little bit of risk-reward. And simply form of saved the ball in entrance of me and a fairly clear spherical of golf.”

Stanley wants a victory to get into the PGA Championship subsequent week. The high two from the highest 10, not already eligible, will get spots within the U.S. Open in September at Winged Foot.

Maverick McNealy and Troy Merritt had 19 factors.

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