WATCH: Animals Interrupt Proceedings at the 2021 Valspar Championship

Published 05/02/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
Apr 29, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; A detailed view of the champion’s trophy on display at the 1st hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Golf courses always invite wildlife and provide shelter to them. A variety of animals live in different golf courses and the Copperhead Course hosting the 2021 Valspar Championship is no different. The tournament is currently taking center stage on the PGA Tour, but the animals are stealing the limelight away from the golfers! 

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Watching animals appear on the golf courses is always interesting. It can range anywhere from alligators playing spoilsport or little birds resting on the grass. The 2021 Valspar Championship saw a few players encountering animals during their rounds and the scenes were adorable! 

Golfers encounter the wildlife at the Copperhead Course

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Squirrels are very common in Florida. The Valspar Championship takes place at the Innisbrook Resort which is just north of Tampa. The Copperhead Course is filled with fox squirrels which are longer in size than the normal ones. 

These squirrels don’t have any business on the golf course, but they interrupted J.B. Holmes during the final round. Holmes was at the par-5 first, when a fox squirrel ran onto the green and caused a delay in play. 

A similar incident took place during Round 3 as well: 

These squirrels are definitely not harmful, and so are turtles. The latter is calmer and more steady when compared to the fox squirrel, and an adorable turtle was spotted moving cluelessly at a bunker. 

It is amazing that the turtle stared into the camera before attempting to move out of the bunker. Fans were wondering if it was waiting for a lob wedge! 

How much will the champion earn at the 2021 Valspar Championship? 

The Valspar Championship offers a lucrative prize purse to the participants. Every player making it to the weekend will receive a payout, and the champion will be awarded the highest stake. 

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The 2021 Valspar Championship winner will receive $1.242 million from a total prize purse of $6.9 million. Furthermore, here’s how much the top five positions will earn at the tournament:

PositionPayout
Winner$1,242,000
Runner-up$752,100
Third place$476,100
Fourth place$338,100
Fifth place$282,900

Who do you think will walk away with the honors at the Copperhead Course this year?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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