PGA Tour pro Cody Gribble is at Bay Hill this week and he had a run in with one of Florida’s main residents. The Texas alum was clearly not afraid of the gator sitting beside a water hazard during the first round.
Gribble decided he needed to take action and instead of walking cautiously around the gator like any other sane person, he decided to give the gator a nice lil’ tap to nudge him back in the water and off the course. The littlest boop got the job done.
Don’t try this at home.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 16, 2017
You might think this is a strange thing for a pro golfer to do while he’s currently in a tournament, but Gribble seems to be a wildlife expert. His Instagram is full of fresh kills that come with growing up in the South.
Gribble commented on the incident after the round:
“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, but, yeah.”
“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.”
Seems like he was pretty un-phased by the event, but seriously don’t try this at home.
The next day the Arnold Palmer Invitational staff decided to pull a prank on Gribble, putting a gator head inside his locker for a fun surprise.
He got a kick out of the prank, taking a picture with the head and the shoe inside its mouth. He ended up not making the cut today with a 6-over par but at least he got a good laugh in.
— Arnold Palmer Inv. (@APinv) March 17, 2017
“The gator looked like he needed some exercise.”
Chubbs would be proud.