Brian Gay’s caddie Kip Henley definitely deserves a raise.
Henley went above and beyond the call of duty after coming face-to-face with an enormous alligator during the opening round of the 2012 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
According to Myrtle Beach online, the reptile popped out of the water during the golfer’s par-5 15th hole.
His caddie didn’t hesitate to ward off the 10-foot beast.
“I wasn’t going to go near him, but my caddie’s not scared of him,” Gay, the 2009 Heritage champ, said. “It took at least 10 minutes and he just wouldn’t move. There was a baby about 20 feet away on the bank and we think that’s why he didn’t want to move. When he finally got in the water he just stayed right there. So I couldn’t get over there to hit.”
Henley prodded the animal with a bunker rake, forcing the reptile back into the water. But the gator didn’t go quietly.
“He’d go under, and then you don’t know where he went, and a couple times he came back at him,” Gay added. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. Once I saw him 30 feet away I knew I had time to hit it and get out of there.”
Players are able to take a drop without penalty if a dangerous situation presents itself. In the past these have included not only alligators, but bee hives and snakes as well.
Gay and Henley were unsure of their options because the ball was inside the hazard line, so the golfer decided to take his chances, resulting in a bogey-6 en route to a 4-over 75.
“I don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t get the gator to move,” Gay concluded. “I’ve never played with anybody that had that happen, nor has it happened to me.”
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