People love to tell their own golf stories. Indeed, many of them can be very funny.
However, for this article we thought we’d instead share with you three of the funniest documented events in professional golf history. From drunken antics, to two kinds of tumbles and possibly the most heart-breaking defeats in sporting history – this list is guaranteed to make you chuckle and squirm.
No Shirt and No Shoes
There’s no doubt John Daly is an extremely accomplished golfer. Known for his extremely long driving range, he averaged as the most powerful driver of the ball in the PGA tour for many years. However, his career has been marred by suggestions of alcoholism and a series of other controversial events. Chief among these was in 2008, just after he launched his own golf course. While out for a few holes on a warm April day at the John Daly’s Murder Rock Golf and Country Club, John decided to take off his shirt – and shoes. No biggie you might think, but local press was the in attendance to interview him on live TV. Smoking a cigarette, shirtless with his impressive gut out, the episode was clipped to Youtube where it has since gathered over a million views.
A man worthy of his own article, or even a film, John Daly is an absolute golfing legend.
Jean Van De Velde Fluffs It
One of the most iconic sporting losses of all time, let alone in just golf, Jean Van De Velde is possibly the ultimate nearly-man. After surprising the whole field with his rocket ride to the top of the 1999 Open Championships in Carnoustie in Scotland, the Frenchman needed only a double bogey on the 18th hole to secure the upset victory – on a hole he’d hit for a birdie twice already in the tournament.
Some things though, are just not meant to be.
Nearly putting his ball in the water off the tee, he then decided to shoot straight for the green – instead of laying off one shot to set up a sure thing with the next. This backfired completely when his shot bounced of a railing and a wall before going in the burn. In getting the ball out, with no shoes or socks on, he dropped a point and then blasted it into a bunker before finishing the hole seven over par and dropping into third place.
Woody Austin Goes in the Drink
Already known for bending a club round his own head in anger, Florida-born Woody Austin cemented his reputation as a golfing hero during the 2007 Presidents Cup in Quebec, Canada. Whilst trying to take a risky shot from just off the edge of water feature, he put one foot in the water… slipped, and fell face first into it. Happily, though, Austin proved he could laugh at his own misfortune as he wore a pair of swimming goggles on top of his head throughout his next match.