May 2, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT
Take care if you’re playing at the Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club — that 15th hole is a killer. A Florida man is recovering at home today after a nine-foot alligator interrupted his golf outing in the rudest fashion possible — by trying to eat him. Here’s a photo of the gator right here. Albert Miller, 75, was playing in a four-ball tournament with friends when an alligator emerged from a canal and tried to drag him into the water. I hate when that happens.
Miller went over to the edge of the water with a ball retriever tool, and found two balls that weren’t his, so he turned to leave.
That’s when the alligator launched at him from under the water and got him by his left knee.
“He lifted me up three feet and slammed me down,” Miller said.
His friends ran over to help, and a tug-of-war ensued. Miller had been dragged into the water up to his waist, and the gator would not let go.
“It was excruciating to say the least,” Miller said.
As the animal started dragging Miller into the water, Miller prayed for a miracle.
He got one.
“He let me go,” Miller said. “I was three feet from my life. He had me submerged up to my belt buckle. That was my miracle of the month.”
Of the month? What happened in March?
Miller was rushed to the hospital and required 40 stitches. While the leg is still too swollen to be sure, doctors say that it looks good that the leg will be left intact. Wildlife officials, meanwhile, say they believe someone had been feeding the gator. Intentionally, I mean.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
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