Play on the tenth hole of the first round at the Masters briefly came to a hault when a bumble bee decided to try and polinate Hideto Tanihara’s ball.
The bizarre scene unfolded in the fairway when Tanihara was prepping his approach shot. That’s when he noticed the flying squatter staking a claim to the ball.
Tanihara called for a rules official who sauntered over to see what was going on.
The announcers were confused until the camera zoomed in on the ball.
Sure enough, it was a bee and Tanihara had received permission to use a tee to try and shoe it away.
But the bee wasn’t having it. The trio just stood and stared at the bee hoping it would get the hint.
There was something about the ball that the bee was attracted to and it was not ready to buzz off.
Eventually Tanihara grew impatient and got more aggressive with the tee, being careful not to move the ball.
It worked and just in the nick of time, because nothing in golf stings more than slow play.
Hopefully next time it will stick to a more suitable sport, like rug-bee.
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