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Golfer survives croc attack, receives 200 stitches

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Play golf in Cancun at your own risk.

A 58-year-old Scotsman survived a harrowing attack by a 12-foot crocodile at Iberostar Cancun Golf Club, but not without a little help from his friends, who reportedly battered the croc with a 9-iron and eventually ran it over with a golf cart.

According to a report in the Daily Record, which posted the grisly photos online, Dougie Thomson needed 200 stitches to close a gaping wound in his thigh. One of his friends told the paper that he could see the bone in Thomson’s leg.

After Thomson played a shot from a waste bunker, the crocodile jumped out of the bushes, chomped on his leg, and dragged him “4 or 5 feet” toward the water.

That’s when his friends jumped in, first bludgeoning the beast with a golf club and then, later, by ramming the golf cart into its side.

“My leg is a complete mess,” Thomson told the paper. “It’s only by the grace of God I’m alive – and I’m an atheist. If my friends hadn’t seen what was happening, I would have just disappeared.” 

Now, Thomson, who lives in Toronto, said he likely will need plastic surgery and is reportedly threatening legal action against the course, which is under scrutiny for the second time in the past few months. In September, a 50-year-old New Yorker reportedly lost two fingers during a round, though the course claims that he was feeding the crocodile, which is never wise.