Bill Murray's wayward golf shot was dangerously funny
One day after actor/comedian Bill Murray’s loose tee shot nearly killed Gayle DiMaggio, she almost got plunked her again, but everyone involved seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about it.
On Friday, Murray’s hooked tee shot on the ninth hole at the Outback Pro-Am at the TPC Tampa Bay, struck DiMaggio in the temple. She wasn’t even on the golf course; she was in her yard.
According to a story by The Associated Press, DiMaggio said: “He came over and laid down on the ground with me and he was very concerned, asking if I was OK. Once he knew I was OK and not seriously hurt, then he started joking with me, asking how many fingers he was holding up.”
Her request for retribution was that Murray autograph a copy of “Caddyshack.” He got off pretty light considering DiMaggio’s injury required several stitches.
On Saturday, course marshals took no chances as they donned hard hats as Murray’s group came through again. So did DiMaggio’s friends and family while she took cover inside her screened porch as Murray’s group came through. Amazingly though, DiMaggio was almost hit again in her backyard. This time, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks nearly hit her, according to the AP.
“Caddyshack,” is, of course, the best golf movie of all time. But it’s a pretty good drop-off after that. Here are my top five:
1. Caddyshack (classicly hilarious, often quoted)
2. Dead Solid Perfect (Randy Quaid in one of Dan Jenkins’ funniest stories)
3. Happy Gilmore (totally unbelievable, but it makes you laugh)
4. Tin Cup (overrated, but somewhat entertaining)
5. The Legend of Bagger Vance (would have been better if Matt Damon could have faked a better golf swing.)
An honorable mention goes to the HBO “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode in which Larry accuses the weatherman of falsifying rain forecasts so he can have the course to himself.
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