Caddie takes on gator at Heritage

Pat McMahon Contributor
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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.”

Which probably explains why Gay kept his distance as he surveyed the situation in the hazard short and left of the 15th green at Harbour Town Golf Links in Thursday’s first round of the RBC Heritage. His ball buried in the mud, Gay was contemplating how to play his fourth shot when a 6-foot alligator seemed determined to hang around. Henley said they usually get out of the way quickly, but this one stayed, presumably, to protect a baby gator.

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