Yesterday a flock* of kangaroos invaded the fairway at an LPGA tournament in Australia, delaying the golf “action”.
This brought up the golf rules question: if a kangaroo kicks your ball, do you get a penalty? The answer, surprisingly, is no. Because kangaroos are not considered to be part of the course.
What the what? It’s AUSTRALIA! Of course kangaroos are part of the course! Just like moose are considered in play during a Canadian pond hockey game. Or like condors at minor league hockey games in California.
But kangaroos have a history of playing with balls on Australian golf courses, so I suppose the rules have to be adapted to fit the game.
* Technically a group of kangaroos is called a “mob”. And if they break into dance, they’re a flash mob.