Watch incredible moment golfer Cody Gribble confronts alligator at Arnold Palmer Invitational as he taps it back into the water
It's not conditions a golfer is used to facing - when they have to move an alligator out of the way.
But that's what happened to Dallas golfer Cody Gribble at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.
The 26-year-old was caught on camera on the sixth fairway after noticing an alligator next to the lake.
However instead of avoiding it he casually tapped it on the tail as he passed by - and it entered the water again.
Gribble said: "I didn’t even realize it was on video.
"The gator looked like he needed some exercise, I don’t know. He was sitting right there in the way and I guess I was struggling today, I wanted to get some adrenaline going somehow.
"It’s probably frowned upon but I wasn’t too worried about it at the time. It’s like a jolt, it’s quick, you know, they’re not going to catch you a couple steps down."
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