The golf world was abuzz this past weekend when Rickie Fowler, who happens to be sponsored by Cobra Golf, happened upon a water snake in a water hazar
The golf world was abuzz this past weekend when Rickie Fowler, who happens to be sponsored by Cobra Golf, happened upon a water snake in a water hazard at Quail Hollow and apparently tried to move the reptile.
Rickie Fowler the … snake charmer?!
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 6, 2023
According to NBC-2, Fowler was on the par-five seventh hole when his tee shot veered right near the water hazard. When he went looking for his ball, he saw the water snake in the hazard. Fowler then gently tried to hook the snake with the head of his Cobra club and attempted to lift it out of the rocks. The snake though had other ideas and crawled back into the wedges between the rocks.
Fowler then took a penalty drop and finished the tournament tied for 14th, 11 behind the winner, Wyndham Clark.
The Twitterverse on the PGA Tour page had quite the comments, with some saying straight up nope, and others debating the species of snake that Fowler interacted with. Some called it a copperhead, others called it a water snake and a third calling it a copper-headed water rattler.
At any rate, the water snake wasn’t harmed in this interaction and moved long quite nicely after it was disturbed by a Cobra head.
Information About Water Snakes
Water snakes (Nerodia sp) are colubrid snakes that are native to North America. They can grow up to four feet in length and can weigh between 5 and 14 oz. They are brown, gray, reddish or brownish-black and are fish eaters. They are often mistaken for water moccasins and are sometimes killed because folks don’t know the difference. The water snake has a longer body and a flattened head while the water moccasin is fatter and has a wedged shaped head, cat-like pupils, and heat sensing pits between its eyes and nostrils. There are nine known species and 20 subspecies in the Nerodia genus.