Those golfers you see strutting down the courses of the PGA Championship look so professional. Everything is so cool, calm and collected. And yet, golf has been a sport marked by sudden outbursts of hilarity. When things get funny in golf, they get hysterical.
Lee Trevino And The Rubber Snake
It was the 1971 US Open playoff. Two of the sport’s greats were going head-to-head at the tee. It was Lee Trevino versus Jack Nicklaus.
Jack Nicklaus had come to be the face of golf. He was the sportsman who never put a foot wrong. But he was also a sucker for etiquette and following the rules. Trevino, on the other hand, was an entirely different character. He was utterly irreverent. And he didn’t mind upsetting the golfing aristocracy with his antics. Golf was supposed to be a sport played by gentlemen for the entertainment of other gentlemen. But Trevino wasn’t having any of it. He started the round by throwing a rubber snake in the direction of Nicklaus, presumably to put him off. It was all part of Trevino’s slapstick sense of humor. But that wasn’t the funny part. The funny part was that Trevino was subverting the powers that be. And there was nothing they could do about it. All they could do was watch on as a madman ransacked their carefully crafted image. What’s more, Trevino went on to win.
Tommy Bolt Goes Mad
Things weren’t going well for Tommy Bolt’s career at the 1960 US Open. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t find his range. Back then, he didn’t have the option of trawling online rangefinder reviews for kit that would help him out. All he had was his club and his rage. And it didn’t end well. Apparently, it was the sound of fish in a nearby pond that had put him off his mark. Bolt threw his club into the lake at the fish, narrowly missing Claude Harmon on the way. It’s always sad to see a professional golfer lose his cool like that. Unless, of course, it’s funny.
Bill Murray Dances With, Then Floors, Elderly Woman
Picture this. It’s the 1993 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am championship. Bill Murray it at the final hole. He swings his club and the golf ball goes in the hole. Murray then starts getting excited. He notices an elderly woman in the stands celebrating. And so to celebrate with her, he pulls her from the stands and onto the green. He gives her a twirl, but all does not end well. The elderly women ends up in a sand bunker and Murray looks hurt and embarrassed. The next day, it was one of the most play highlights of the tour. Murray got a slap on the wrist for his antics.
Boo Weekley And The Horse
It was the 2008 Ryder cup, and Boo Weekley was bored. So what did he decide to do? Well something any bored golfer would do. He decided that he was going to travel between holes using his driver as a makeshift horse. He cantered between holes in a way we’re not used to seeing on professional tours.