March Madness officially began this morning at Bay Hill. During the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a gator got a little close to the action –and one tour pro did something totally unexpected.

You may know Cody Gribble as the guy who won the Sanderson Farms Championship in October. From henceforth, though, he will be known as “The Gator Whisperer.” Gribble didn’t just get near the gator, he walked up to it and gave it a love tap. Like it was no big deal!

Check out this lunatic in action:

We want to reiterate that “Don’t try this at home” part.

Although, this goes along with the advice fellow tour pro John Peterson – no stranger to interactions with gators – gave us on dealing with gators on the golf course a few years back.

“You can’t mess with it when it’s looking at you,” Peterson said. “You’ve got to get it from the back.”

Yeah. . . we think we’re still going to pass on that. . .