(CNN)It might have been on brand at the John Deere Classic, but Jordan Spieth had to contest with an unlikely four-legged playing partner at the RBC Heritage on Friday.
The former world number one was lining up his swing during the second round of the South Carolina PGA Tour event when a deer broke from the trees and proceeded to prance down the Harbor Town Golf Links’ fairway. Any hopes of the special guest making par were dashed as the deer ended up in a bunker, its brief cameo at the event capped by a trot back up the fairway before a return to the bushes it had emerged from, footage tweeted by the PGA Tour showed.
Accepting deer puns below … 🦌👇 pic.twitter.com/ntLZvuJ6Vn
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 15, 2022 Cue the most unusual of bunker raking duties for Michael Greller and Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, caddies to Spieth and Justin Thomas respectively, as the pair worked to smooth over the hoofprints left in the sand by the visitor.
Spieth plays his shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the RBC Heritage.It wasn’t the only time that Spieth, who at 5-under trails leader Patrick Cantlay by four heading into Saturday’s third round, had to contest with mother nature on Friday.Read MoreEarlier during the session the American was about to follow through on his swing when the winds blew a stray leaf inches past the ball, throwing Spieth off. Greller was on hand with a towel before Spieth eventually teed off. Photos: Animals on golf coursesA giraffe crosses the first hole at dusk at the Leopard Creek Country Club Golf in Malelane, South Africa in 2004.Hide Caption 1 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesMatthieu Pavon holes his putt as a stork watches on from behind the 17th green during the third round of the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Quarteira, Portugal in 2021. Hide Caption 2 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesA moose walks across the 16th tee during “The Match” at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana in 2021. Hide Caption 3 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesMonkeys are seen on the seventh fairway during the second round of the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba on El Camaleon golf course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2021.Hide Caption 4 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesAn alligator crosses the sixth green during a practice round prior to the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course in South Carolina. Hide Caption 5 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesA coatimundi is seen as Joseph Bramlet putts on the first green during the first round of the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba on the El Camaleon course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2021.Hide Caption 6 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesGeese waddle along the sixth hole at the Celtic Manor Resort as Jack Senior prepares to play his third shot during day one of the Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale in Newport, Wales in 2021. Hide Caption 7 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesA kangaroo is seen during day one of the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic held at The Vines Resort and Country Club in Perth, Australia. Hide Caption 8 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesBaboons cross a fairway during day two of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa in 2016. Hide Caption 9 of 10 Photos: Animals on golf coursesA cockerel is seen on the 15th tee during the second day of the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final at T-Golf & Country Club in Mallorca, Spain in 2021.Hide Caption 10 of 10Also representing for South Carolina wildlife was an alligator, pictured basking in the sun on the course before taking to the nearby lake to help give golfers added motivation to keep their shots out of the water.
Players are slated to tee off at 2 p.m. local time for Saturday’s third round, with Cantlay leading Robert Streb by two shots.The RBC Heritage is into its 54th year of competition, offering a prize pot of $8 million.