JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 06, Prinavin Nelson during day 1 of the Nedbank Affinity Cup at Lost City Golf Club, Sun City on November 06, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa Photo by Petri Oeschger / Sunshine Tour / Gallo Images

Johannesburg - The biggest hazard the Sunshine Tour’s professionals faced in the first round of the Nedbank Affinity Cup was not the bunkers or water hazards at the Lost City Golf Club. It was snakes.

A professional snake handler was called in to deal with a baby cobra and a 1.3m black mamba, which were spotted near the clubhouse.

The cobra had disappeared by the time he arrived, but the mamba briefly held up play as several professionals decided they would rather not walk under the trees it was in.

Snake handler Eddy Molema caught the mamba. “I heard the monkeys screaming and saw it crossing the path. When I tried to catch it, it headed into the trees. But I eventually got hold of it.”

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