Golf is finally an Olympic sport. It has been over 114 years since we have seen professional golfers represent their country pride in the games, 1904 being the last year it was included. Plenty of professional golfers, including some of the top in the world (Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Dustin Johnson) chose to forgo the chance to participate in the Olympics taking place in Rio. This was thought to be based on the Zika Virus. That may be true, however the golfers that did make the trip have other things to worry about as well, and I am not talking about water hazards, bunkers, tough rough, or fast greens...
The Olympic golf course is located in Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood just west of Rio that’s situated between two lakes. It is a great course. However, animals seem to love it even more than humans. Especially one strange creature called the capybara.
The Capybara is the largest rodent species world-wide. It weighs around 150 pounds. “They chew down on the grass at night,” Mark Johnson, the PGA Tour’s director of international agronomy, told the Post. “There are about 30-40 of them inside the course perimeter, but they live here and we play golf here, we co-exist.” Continuing, “There are also three-toed sloths, monkeys, boa constrictors and caimans, a small crocodile that doesn’t usually grow beyond five feet in length.”
Hey I guess we can view this in a glass half full way, the crocodiles are only five feet...
Anyways, the Olympic golfers are going to have to keep an eye out for these creatures while playing. There has illegally been severe injuries on this course before due to the inhabitants.
Most likely it will go smoothly, but you never know...