Birdie, eagle and to a lesser extent albatross are noted golfing terms, but monkey is certainly not in the lexicon.
At least that was the case until the second round of the South African Open at Durban Country Club.
Local professional Mark Murless's approach to the seventh found the greenside bunker and as he was making his way to his ball a native vervet monkey swooped from a tree to investigate.
After a close inspection it dropped the ball before grabbing it again, placing it in its mouth and heading for the bushes.
Fortunately for the golfer the thief decided the ball was less than tasty and dropped it in the rough above the hazard.