Golfer Brian Gay might have just found the one caddie who could pull double duty as a bodyguard. While trying to hit a ball at the PGA’s 2012 RBC Heritage event on Hilton Island, Gay found his path blocked by, of all things, an adult alligator lounging on the edge of the water. Gay quickly backed off in defeat, but his caddie Kip Henley wasn’t ready to let the gator get in his boss’s way as easily as that.

Without missing a beat, Henley picked up a bunker rake and started using it to prod the alligator back in the water. The massive reptile obeyed with minimal resistance, even as the crowd gasped. Watch this moment of extreme courage below:

H/T: Mediaite