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Icelander in death-defying golfing stunt

Sigurdur Hauksson, an Icelandic golfer and skier, has posted a video of himself doing a trick golf shot while balanced on Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged in a crevasse nearly 1,000m above a fjord in Norway.

Icelander in death-defying golfing stunt
Sigurdur Hauksson proves even golf can look dangerous. Photo: Instagram/Screen Grab
The video, which has already been posted on news sites around the world, shows that the tragic death of Kristin Kafcaloudis, the Australian student who fell from Trolltunga, has done little to end the trend of shooting selfies and videos while balanced precariously on Norwegian mountain ledges. 
 
“To the 19th hole!” Hauksson wrote on Instagram. “Made my heart go a little bit wild, only 989m above the ocean.”
 
Gold magazine Golf Digest lightly mocked Hauksson’s shot, which involved him bouncing a ball on the face of his wedge iron, before tapping it into the air. 
 
“His swing at the end is rather feeble, with no weight shift,” the magazine points out. “It might have something to do with the 3,245-foot drop to the fjord below should he have made a single false step.” 
 
Kjeragbolten, half way up Norway’s Mount Kjerag, looks as if it could topple at any moment, but has in fact stood in place since 50,000BC. 
 
The popular tourist attraction was featured in Where the Hell is Matt? one of the first video series to get a popular following following the launch of YouTube in 2005. 
 
 
 

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WOLF

Wolf on course spoils Norway golfer’s drive

A golfer in Norway has complained of having his drive spoilt by a wolf which leapt onto the course just as he was approaching the thirteenth hole.

Wolf on course spoils Norway golfer's drive
The wold sizing up one of the holes on the course. Photo: André Aass/Facebook

“I was completely alone on the golf course and was about to putt the ball at the thirteenth hole. That's when I saw it at the other end of the green looking at me,” André Aass told Norway's TV2 broadcaster.

At first, Aass didn't know what to make of the unusual visitor.

“I wondered what it was, if it might be a dog. But I have two big German Shepherds myself, and this was bigger,” he said. “I put down my putter and took out my five iron so that I would be prepared to swing if it got dangerous.” 

Aass' concern was not entirely unfounded. During the summer months, at least five lambs have been killed by wolves in the forests surrounding Oslo, prompting The County Governor of Oppland to issue a hunting license to kill the unwelcome predators.

Despite the wolf's menacing presence, Aass was determined to finish his round. 

“The next hole went fine, but at the 16th, I got nervous. That hole is very close to the forest,” he told local newspaper Romerikes Blad. “I drove the ball from the tee too quickly and got a really bad first drive.”

There have been several sightings of wolves near Oslo in recent years, though they have not been common in the area previously.

“Everything indicates that they are Swedish wolves whose home territory is on the Swedish side of the border,”  Ole Knut Steinseth from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate told Norway’s VG newspaper.
 
“There should be no breeding wolves west of Glomma. If wolves begin to establish themselves, they should be removed. It’s a political decision.”