Swing thoughts, lip outs and even a bad bounce are annoying problems on the golf course, but nothing compares to what a Long Island resident encountered while golfing in Cancun, Mexico.
50-year-old Edward Lunger was playing the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club when an errant golf shot forced him to climb into a bunker. The bunker had some unusual yellow hazard tape, but without a sign Lunger just figured it was the markings of a hazard and went into the bunker anyway.
The next thing that happened will put the fear in any golfer attempting to hit a shot near water in the future.
Lunger said a female crocodile jumped out of the brush and attacked him, biting down on his left arm, dragging him to the sand while Lunger squirmed free. His playing partner and friend Mark Martin jumped to action, picking up a 40 pound boulder and slamming the female crocodile in the head with the rock, freeing his friend but not after some serious injury.
“I’m thinking my whole hand is off,” Lunger recalled. “I couldn’t feel my hand. It was like my whole body was on fire.”
Paramedics took Lunger to a private hospital where, he claims, he was forced to pay the $17,800 bill up front before he could get treatment. The men, and two other friends, split the tab on their credit cards.
Lunger lost his middle finger and a lot of his ring finger and because the resort failed to put up warning signs of reptiles in the area, is suing the resort for $2.25 million in damages.
The craziest part about this whole story? The resort apparently asked Lunger to sign papers keeping the Iberostar resort safe from a lawsuit and when he refused, spread a rumor that the two men actually provoked the crocodile with chicken. Chicken!
Lunger said this was far from the truth, and plans to get as much as he can for this traumatic experience.