A golfer in Florida used his putter to save his own life from a 10-foot alligator. No, that is not a joke. Tony Aarts was playing at Magnolia Landing Golf and Country Club when he was attacked by the gator while he was walking near some water.
“My ball was about 10 feet from the pin and all I could think about was making a birdie,” he said.
“As I was walking about 5 to 6 feet away from the water I heard a splash, and as soon as I heard that splash I knew it was an alligator, and he got me. I remember having a club in my hand, and as soon as he had me in the water up to my waist, I started hitting him over the head. I seen (sic) the size of him, you know you can just see the claws as he was pulling me back and I’m heeling in trying to go the other way and he’s just looking at me and I’m looking at him. So I started hitting him in the eye socket, I hit him 3 times and he let go of my foot. so I crawled back and by that time the guys… they were there.”
“It was a ten-footer. They dragged him out an hour after I went by ambulance they had him out of there.”
It’s difficult for a lot of golfers to change putters because once you have success with one, why change? Mr. Aarts now has another reason to never change his putter.