Sometimes sports stories transcend the world of athletics and serve as a metaphor for life or provide insight into our culture or even the greater complexities of men and women. Other times, Tiger Woods’ girlfriend places a wild squirrel on his back during the President’s Cup and you get to laugh for a few minutes before embarking on your weekend.
US assistant coach Davis Love III found Sammy the Squirrel near the second hole at Muirfield Village golf course in Ohio. Not one to shun superstition, Love held onto the little critter after the US team started making birdies, much to the obvious delight of Tiger Woods’ girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. Vonn decided to prank her partner by unexpectedly placing the squirrel on his back shoulder. The reaction of Woods, who goes from “WTF Lindsey! ” to “Haha, play it cool for the cameras big man” in less than a few seconds, is incredibly funny.
His reaction, however, is second to the priceless facial expressions of the woman seated directly behind Vonn and Woods who looks seriously concerned for her life and perhaps the lives of everyone on the golf course for a moment until she sees Woods start to laugh.
Between Sammy and some “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” style handshakes Woods earned himself about a year’s worth of the kind of fun, goofy publicity you just can’t buy (and I’m sure Woods’ people have quite literally been trying to buy all the good publicity they can these past three years) . Maybe he is out to prove he isn’t golf’s version of Kobe Bryant after all.