Who says golfers are not tough? Cody Gribble of the PGA Tour shocked the audience when he casually walked up to an 8-foot gator sunbathing on the 8th hole of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and gave it a push on the tail with his bare hands! Pretty impressive!
Gribble told Golf Week that he hoped it might improve his game that day.
“Gator looked like he needed some exercise, I don’t know,” he said. “He was sitting right there in the way, and I guess I was struggling today, I wanted to get some adrenaline going somehow.”
It wasn’t the first time Gribble had been that close to an alligator before either, he said. But he didn’t seem too worried about the alligator being able to catch him. In fact, he said he’s had an alligator turn toward him before, but they hadn’t gotten close enough to do any damage.
“It’s probably frowned upon but I wasn’t too worried about it at the time,” Gribble said. “It’s like a jolt, it’s quick, you know, they’re not going to catch you a couple steps down.”
Gribble finished the day with a 5-over 77 after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Alligators attacking humans is a rare occurrence, happening on average around a dozen times a year. Tampa Bay Times reported in 2011 that only 20 attacks in the last 40 years have been fatal.