Carl Spackler Finally Hits His Shot

It came suddenly, like a million voices calling out at once — like a great disturbance in The Force. Thousands of local TV sports broadcasters were all saying the same thing at the same time last night: "It's in the hole!"

The video being played, of course, was of Bill Murray scoring an eagle at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am practice round on Wednesday. Honestly, do Caddyshack references ever get old? Not in our opinion. And neither, it seems, does Murray, who haunts the Pebble Beach Tournament nearly ever year, garnering even more of a following than the pros. His antics are well known at Pebble, one year even being chastised by PGA officials for slinging an elderly fan into a sand trap.

Murray, a 14 handicap, is not the only Caddyshack alumn to take up the sticks — Michael O'Keefe is a regular on the Celebrity circuit. (Danny Noonan didn't actually take up the sport until about four years ago). But where would golf, which will always take itself to seriously, be without Murray's yearly forays? He's more than a welcome respite; for a brief few moments ever year, he actually makes us think golf might be cool. So come on, say it with us:

This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.

Bill Murray Stars At Pebble Beach [San Jose Mercury News]
Noonan Still Can't Get Gallery To Be Quiet During Putts [Tahoe Daily Tribune]
PGA Tour Video Highlights [PGA Tour]