Alligator whisperer Gribble gets special gift
Hazards are part and parcel of golf, but Cody Gribble went out of his way to dice with danger and has now been given a memento to remind him of the time he took on an alligator.
Gribble spotted the reptile at the side of the fairway, lurking close to the water, while the American was playing the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.
Showing no fear - and arguably a lack of sense, too - he strolled up behind the scaly beast and tapped it on the tail.
Fortunately for the 26-year-old Texan, the gator jumped into the water rather than turn and confront him.
After a second round of 73 saw him finish on six-over par for the tournament, Gribble returned to his locker and found a special gift to mark his walk on the wild side.
Nice surprise in my locker today after my round! Thanks Sam & Mr. Saunders...great time at Bay Hill. Awesome fans, hope to see ya next year. pic.twitter.com/UVAFTFp6kf-- Cody Gribble (@CodyGribble) March 17, 2017