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At the opening round of the 2012 RBC Heritage, caddie Kip Henley went way beyond the call of duty when he scared off a 6-foot long alligator near Brian Gay's ball on the par-5 15th hole.
At Thursday afternoon's encounter in Hilton Head, S.C., the golfer actually ran into a pair of gators— the large one had a little companion— sunning themselves near the water hazard.
The big guy refused to budge for about 10 minutes before Henley got a rake and guided him back into the pond.
"He wouldn't leave," Henley said. "We shooed him off 10 times."
Gay buried his third shot right next to the hissing reptile and it must have affected his game. The golfer made bogey on the hole.
Henley has made dealing with gators an occupational sideline. At the Transitions Championship in Tampa, Gay's caddie touched a "monster" gator for $20.
"I didn't touch one today," he said. "I would have on a bet if somebody wanted to. I would have done it. But the locals get mad at me."
BEST OF MAXIM
Whatever caddie Kip Henley earns, golfer Brian Gay should double it. Gay’s ball on the par-5 15th hole was near the water at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C., Thursday, and he had a tough time hitting his shot because of a slight nuisance in the way. Yup, an alligator was on the bank and Henley had to push it away using a rake.
Gay finished the round at five over par and...
The first round of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina got crashed by a not invited guest. A 10-foot alligator made an appearance on the 10th hole as golfer Brian Gay was getting ready to play the hole. Brian’s caddy was the hero of the day and somehow pushed the alligator back into the water hazard with a rake. Kudos to Kip Henley, the bravest caddy we know.
Hitting a ball near a water hazard in Hilton Head, South Carolina, site of this week’s RBC Heritage, is a dicey proposition, as golfer Brian Gay found out when his third shot landed near a pond on the par-5 15th hole, and a resident alligator came up on land to see what all the fuss was about. Gay wasn’t down with messing with the 10-foot gator, but his caddie, Kip Henley,...
It was one thing to have a difficult shot. It was another thing entirely to face a life-threatening situation. But fortunately, Brian Gay has a caddie, Kip Henley, who isn't afraid to challenge an alligator.
"They won't come at you when they're turned the other way," Henley said.
Ah, could he guarantee that?
"Well, no, I can't guarantee it."...
I’m pretty sure that caddie Kip Henley didn’t have
“gator-remover” in his job description but he had to remove one during the
first round of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
On the 15th hole, Henley who was caddying for
Brian Gay ran into a gator who was just relaxing as Gay attempted his fourth
shot from the mud near the water hazard...
Caddie Kip Henley scares an alligator near Brian Gay's ball at the 2012 RBC Heritage.
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During the 2012 RBC heritage, a caddie went "above and beyond his call of duty" by fighting off a 6 foot alligator for an entire 10 minutes! While stealing the spotlight from Brian Gay, Kip successfully scared away the gator and sent him back into the water to make room for Brian's next shot right by lake on par 5 15th hole. I don't know who's more courageous...
I know, I know, most "alligator on golf course" videos are extremely lame, but not when it's a PGA Tour tournament and the caddies are trying to scare one away so that a pro can hit his shot.
That's what happened at Harbour Town on Thursday as Brian Gay was trying to play his shot with an alligator sneaking around near the bank.
Caddies are tough people, but...
((pgatour.com))Watching this video, the first question that popped into our head was "Is he just playing through?" the second being "If you hit the gator, do you get a free round?"Take a look at what happened in Thursday's opening round of the Heritage Golf Tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina.Golfer Brian Gay is playing hole #15 when his drive goes a...