Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 4/13/12

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."

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