PGA Tour pro pushes alligator into water

Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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Would you mess with an alligator on the golf course? John Peterson did at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 | 10:13 a.m.

In case you missed it on Friday, PGA Tour player John Peterson clearly is not afraid of alligators.

During the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Peterson came in to give a life-threatening assist to playing partner James Driscoll. OK... maybe that's a little dramatic, but seriously, who messes with alligators?

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Driscoll was attempting to play his second shot between a bunker and a pond on the par-5 18th, but there was an unwelcome guest lurking nearby -- a large alligator.

Peterson was either in a hurry, or didn't want to be put on the clock. So, rather than watch and wait, Peterson -- a graduate of LSU and clearly familiar with wildlife on the Bayou -- sprung into action.

Armed with a bunker rake, Peterson literally pushed the gator from behind to coax it into the pond.

Check it out:



Luckily for Peterson, this alligator run-in had a happier ending than it did for another Peterson -- "Chubbs" Peterson from the movie Happy Gilmore, who lost his hand to a gator.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.