26-year-old American golfer Cody Gribble showed a moment of gallantry during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Gribble, while contesting, had his eyes set on a slouching alligator and the American golfer casually approached towards the reptile from behind and trembled its tail, leaving the hazardous creature no choice but to dive away.
Gribble himself then walked away like a Paladin leaving the spectators starstruck. Speaking on the incident afterwards, Gribble said:
“I’ve done it a couple times before.
“If you think if that’s crazy, you should meet my father, Bill Gribble. Next time you see him, have an interview with him. He loves all types of animals.
Don’t try this at home.
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“I wasn’t too worried about it at the time. Those guys, I mean, it’s like a jolt, it’s quick, they’re not going to catch you, they’re not going to catch you a couple of steps down.
“I mean, they’re going to get you really quick early, but I’m not in its way. I’m right behind him. It’s not going to happen.”
While this certainly was nothing short of a heroic, another incident of the same ilk took place, however, the reaction was way different.
26-year-old Smylie Kaufman was walking down the fairway and suddenly realised he was heading towards the alligator and in the blink of an eye, he jumped off the trail and maintained a safer distance between him and the reptile.
Unfortunately, neither of the golfers made the cut.
Smylie’s not smiling! ??
Watch out for the gator!
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 17, 2017