Posted by Matt Rosenberg on June 16, 2011 at 11:11 am
With today’s Tiger Woodsless US Open beginning at Congressional, we wanted dig deep, go passed the best golf movies of all-time, and go right to our favorite movie golfers of all-time. There have been many movies about golf made across the years. Some great heroes and even some incredible villains. I’d say the villains in these movies are better characters than the heroes they often lose to. Echem, Shooter McGavin. Lets get to it.
Honorable Mention - Francis Ouimet (The Greatest Game Ever Player), Rannulph Junnah (The Legend of Bagger Vance), David Simms (Tin Cup), Judge Smails (Caddyshack), Danny Noonan (Caddyshack), Al Czervik (Caddyshack)
5. Bagger Vance (The Legend of Bagger Vance)
Bagger Vance taught a struggling Rannulph Junnah to not only find his lost game but essentially taught him the meaning of life. Vance’s magical coaching allowed Junnah to tie Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones in an epic match. Junnah even saw the path of the green on that crazy 40 foot, downhill putt that even a top-notch Tiger Woods had no chance of making. Well whatta you know, Junnah sunk it. All thanks to Bagger Vance.
Best Line – “I hear you lost your swing. I guess we got to go find it”
4. Happy Gilmore (or Shooter McGavin) (Happy Gilmore)
Happy and Shooter shared a rivalry that is almost untouchable. Shooter almost put Happy’s grandmother on the streets, and Ben Stiller (as a Nursing Home nurse) even got in there causing more hell for this innocent old lady to live in. I believe he was using the residents as slave labor. Happy drafted Cubbs (aka Apollo Creed aka Carl Weathers) to coach him to play and took out Shooter to win his grandma’s house back.
Best Line – “shoot-ahhhhhhhhh”
3. Ty Webb (Caddyshack)
Teaming up with Danny Noonan to take on Judge Smails, messing around with the Judge’s hot niece (Noonan did get Webb’s sloppy seconds), and being the king of cool, Ty Webb is the ultimate golfer. He had uncashed checks in the thousands and a house full of various [unique] items. Were those war ornaments? Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na. People still say that on the golf course, giving Webb true timelessness in our hearts.
Second Best Line – “I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.”
2. Roy McAvoy (Tin Cup)
After a tragic first round (because Romeo had Roy get wasted the night before), McAvoy had a magical second round putting himself in contention at the US Open. I’m pretty sure he tied the course record. McAvoy then sunk a 200 yard shot on the 72nd hole of the Open, on a downward sloping green. Well, yeah it did take him like 6 shots to do it. And yeah, it gave him a 12 and cost him the title. It was the greatest 12 ever. That fateful hole had been plaguing the field all tournament. Even world number 1, David Simms (Don Johnson), laid up every time. Well, McAvoy doesn’t settle for laying up. Roy was sponsored by Rio Grande Short-Haul Trucking, Briggs and Brown Sanitation, First State Bank of Salome, and Woody’s Smokehouse. Does he look like a guy who plays the percentages?
Best Line – “Nice par, David.”
1. Carl Spackler (Caddyshack)
There is simply too much to say about Spackler, Bushwood’s infamous groundskeeper hired to make the course look pretty. Even though he isn’t really a golfer, his greatness cannot go unrecognized. Despite ultimately losing to the gopher, he did become a Cinderella story. He ate the chocolate bar in the pool that looked like doodie and he was the only one to truly witness the priest play that unbelievable round (that I think set the club record) and then get struck by lightning.
Best Line – “He’s on his final hole. He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a 2 iron I think.”
What do you think?