Wildlife on Playing Fields

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Every now and then sports and nature intersect in a way that one might not expect. Here's a collection, beginning with Sammy the Squirrel, who stole the spotlight at the 2013 Presidents Cup. U.S. captain's assistant Davis Love III started feeding a stray squirrel he found at the second hole at Muirfield Village and the two more or less became friends. Love took the animal into the Americans' team meeting room and all of the American players took a liking to it. Nicki Stricker, Steve's wife, named him, "Sammy." As Love drove in an electric cart watching the four-ball matches, he had the squirrel riding along, sitting in his lap. He/she (no one knows for certain) became an unofficial mascot. As the day came down to the final match, the squirrel was in the middle of the American players and their wives and girlfriends who were watching the tense finish. That's when Lindsey Vonn provided one of the most memorable images of the day. While Tiger Woods stared from the hill near the 18th green, watching the action, Vonn playfully took the squirrel out of Love's right front pocket. She leaned behind Woods and carefully put the squirrel on his neck. He didn't react for an instant, then, obviously annoyed, he tried to shrug the animal away while the rest of the American contingent - including playing partner Matt Kuchar - cracked up.

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