Whilst researching and delving through our memory banks for the last piece, we came to realise that golf has produced far too many funny stories over the years for us to limit to just one article. This topic deserved some more attention, so here are three more crazy stories of golfing legend to help you forget that five over par last weekend.
A Couple More from John Daly
We covered his famous no shirt and no shoes interview in our last piece, but John Daly’s debauched career has certainly seen a few other crazy situations and stories pass him by too. For one thing, he recorded a track with country star Kid Rock, singing back-up vocals on the 2007 track Half Your Age. He also has a penchant for ridiculous trousers, such as the dollar-bill-pants he wore to the 2000 US open – or the silhouettes of naked women that adorned his legs in a 2007 tournament. It’s not all been fun and games though, as Daly has also had several embarrassingly bad tournaments exits to his name. Once back in 2010, he even passed out blackout drunk in a Hooters and had to spend the night in a police cell.
A man of many talents, to be sure.
Bill Murray’s Exploits at the Pebble Beach Pro AM
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am has long attracted some of the most famous golf fans from outside the game. Chief among them has always been award-winning veteran Hollywood actor and comedian Bill Murray. Each year he parades a different selection of ridiculous clothes, plays practical jokes on the crowd and just generally plays the showman. One of Murray’s, and the tournaments, most memorable moments came in the 1993 edition – which was only his second appearance on the course.
During the opening stages he yelled out ‘Hurry up!’ at former vice president Dan Quayle. Later on, he (entirely willingly) waltzed with an older lady from the crowd, before taking a mock tumble into the bunker with her still firmly in grip. Sadly, tour commissioner Deane Beaman was not a fan of Murray’s antics and relegated him to a non-TV-broadcasted time slot the next year. However, Murray remained a fan favourite at the course and has attended regularly almost every year since.
Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game
Pete Dye was the architect responsible for designing the TPC Sawgrass course near Jacksonville Florida, that held the Players Championship in 1982. He chose the water features for the course, and tournament winner Jerry Pate chose to put him in the water after his victory. Pate then cajoled tour commissioner Deane Berman into coming over to help him out before pushing him into the lake too.
The result of a long-running joke during the tournament between Jerry Pate and the course designer, Jerry said at the time: “I saw Deane, and I walked over and told him, ‘You better give Judy [Beman] your wallet–I’m going to throw your ass in the lake.’ Pete didn’t know it was coming.” Interestingly Jerry Pate had somewhat of a thing for water features, having also jumped into a lake after the Memphis Classic in the previous year.