If you’re in the market for some golf balls, there are myriad ways to get them. You can buy a 12-pack for $18 online. You can drive over to the nearest sporting-goods store and spend a few bucks for a few balls. Or you could scuba-dive into a pond at the local golf course and see what that underwater world has to offer for free.
What you shouldn’t do is try to retrieve your $3 golf ball from underneath an alligator that is using it as a de-facto bed. The golfer in the video below, who evidently never saw Happy Gilmore, tried to get his ball from the ravenous reptile—and got what was coming to him.
Okay, three things.
1. If you’re going to try to execute this extremely terrible plan, it’s actually not a bad idea to put a jacket over the animal’s eyes to determine if it’s sound asleep or just docile. The way the alligator reacts will then help you determine your next course of action.
2. When the alligator reacts violently, that should be the end of the experiment. Let the animal have the ball. End of story. But this golfer ignored what nature was trying to tell him. It’s at about this point that a viewer begins to think, “Seriously, dude. What the hell is wrong with you?”
3. It’s odd how, at the 20-second mark, there’s a scream of surprise from the gallery. It’s as if the alligator’s reaction wasn’t the most obvious thing in the world.
This golfer was lucky that the gator didn’t try harder to make him a midday meal. Happy Gilmore fans know that Chubbs—and his severed hand up in heaven—would be very disappointed with this whole situation.