A golfer is only as good as the clubs he carries in his bag. Luckily for Tony Aarts, he had a damn good putter.

The North Fort Myers, Florida resident was on the fourth hole at Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club when we was attacked by a 10-foot gator.

“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,” Aarts said.

The alligator grabbed Aarts by the ankle and rolled him into a nearby water hazard. Aarts immediately started beating the gator with his putter.

“He was looking at me with his big eyes, and I kept hitting him,” Aarts said. “And I’m thinking I’m getting deeper and deeper, and I thought you’re not gonna get me.”

“I started hitting him in the eye socket,” Aarts said. “I hit him three times and he let go of my foot, so I crawled back out and by that time the guys were there.”

This guy totally channeled his inner Happy Gilmore:

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