August 19, 2016 - 10:36am
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During a recent "Just Not Sports" podcast, Verne Lundquist shared some hilarious stories about the filming of "Happy Gilmore."

Earlier this week as part of the 20-year anniversary of the movie Tin Cup's release, we also compiled a list, ranking the top-5 best golf movies of all time.

It's no surprise that Happy Gilmore was on the list.

After the story was published, we were contacted by our friend Brad Burke from the "Just Not Sports" podcast, who shared a couple of fantastic behind-the-scenes stories that longtime CBS and Turner commentator Verne Lundquist revealed on the podcast recently (You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud).

Most notably, was the shocking admission that Lundquist never saw the full script for Happy Gilmore and had no idea what the movie was about exactly until he saw it at the premiere.

RELATED: 5 Best golf movies | Best golf movie characters | Best golf movie quotes

"I saw only (the script for) my scenes, so I didn’t know the first half of the movie. So when I saw it I was somewhat shocked," Lundquist said. "They flew Nancy and me from Colorado out to the Universal lot for the premiere... We went in, sat down, and that's the first time I'd seen the whole thing. And I thought, holy cow, this is some kind of vile movie."

"People I think took it for what it was. And it was an early career Adam Sandler movie, and it still gets shown on cable every night."

Lundquist said he caught some grief from Pat Haden, his broadcast partner at the time, for being in the movie.

"I was at a preseason game with Pat Haden, and he remains one of my dearest friends," Lundquist said. "And Pat and I were doing the Giants and somebody, and we were down on the field. We were walking off toward the north end zone, and he said, 'By the way, I just gotta tell you something. I am so embarrassed for you. I took my daughter to see this silly movie you were in.' And he was giving me every bit of phony indignation he could. He said, 'Are you at all embarrassed about being seen in a movie like that? You should be.' And I said, 'Oh, come on, come on, come on.' So we get to the end zone, and there three teenage girls right above that wind tunnel at the north end of the old Giants Stadium. And as Pat and I were about to walk into the tunnel, one of the girls looks at me and she said, 'Hey Verne, Happy Gilmore!' And I said, 'Pat, I rest my case.'"

Also funny was the story behind Lundquist's broadcast partner in the movie, producer Jack Giarraputo.

Giarraputo is a longtime friend of Sandler.

"Right before we got started, (the director) looked at this tall, good-looking guy named Jack Giarraputo," Lundquist told Just Not Sports. "And he said, 'Jack let's have a little fun.' This was like a week before they wrapped shooting. He said, 'I want you to go back to wardrobe... get a coat and tie, get some make-up on, and then you sit next to Verne. And you just react to what he's saying, but you can't say a word because you're not a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.' So the guy sitting next to me in I think it's almost every scene was Adam Sandler's roommate at New York University. And it was just an inside joke."

 

 

 

Verne Lundquist shares funny, behind-the-scenes 'Happy Gilmore' stories
August 17, 2016 - 1:16pm
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Andy Sullivan wins free beer for a year with a closest to pin shot during a stunt in Prague ahead of this week's D+D REAL Czech Masters on the European Tour.

A couple of weeks back, I thought it was pretty cool when I won portable Bose speakers -- the prize for closest to the hole on the par-3 third at TPC Boston in a media day outing for the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship on tap for Labor Day weekend.

Speaking of "on tap," I learned today that Englishman Andy Sullivan's closest to the hole prize during a stunt ahead of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague on Tuesday was way better than my speakers.

Sullivan, currently No. 8 on the European Ryder Cup points list, took home a year's worth of free beer for his closest to the hole effort on a makeshift 94-yard hole. The green was floating on a river and the "hole" was actually a keg of beer.

Here's video of Sullivan talking about his score, including this gem of a line: "I don't think it could have gone to a more worthy winner."

 

 

John Daly, also playing in Prague this week, tweeted out these pictures from the stunt:

 

 

 

Sullivan, by the way, is the same player who won a trip to space as a hole-in-one prize at the KLM Open in The Netherlands back in 2014.

 

Andy Sullivan wins free beer for a year with closest to pin shot
August 16, 2016 - 10:56am
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Golf's first Olympic gold medalist in 112 years, Justin Rose, returned home to England on Tuesday and was greeted with a hero's welcome as he made his way through London's Heathrow Airport.

Justin Rose, winner of golf's first Olympic gold medal in 112 years, returned home to London to a hero's welcome on Tuesday.

Wearing his Team Great Britain gear and shiny gold medal, the 36-year-old Rose was greeted by fans and media as he made his way through Heathrow Airport and even stopped to pose for photos and sign autographs.

The European Tour captured the scene, as well as an interview with the Olympic champion:

 

 

You get the feeling after seeing how the competition unfolded, Rose's victory and his welcome home that a lot of guys who decided against traveling to Rio might have a few regrets.

It's probably a safe bet that you'll see many more of the world's top players competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.  

Justin Rose returns home from Olympics to a hero's welcome
August 16, 2016 - 10:06am
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Few golf movie scenes are better than the Bob Barker fight scene in "Happy Gilmore."

Whenever there's a list ranking the "best of" anything, there's going to be a heated debate over either the order or the omissions.

We know that. That's what makes it fun, right?

Today, August 16, 2016, marks 20 years since the release of "Tin Cup" starring Kevin Costner as Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy. Twenty years? Seriously? It's been that long since McAvoy blew the U.S. Open on the final hole?

Inspired by the significant "Tin Cup" anniversary, we decided to compile a list ranking the five best golf movies ever made.

RELATED: Best golf movie characters | Best golf movie quotes | 'Tin Cup' story

Don't worry -- I know you're not going to agree with the order. But if you're going to argue with No. 1, then we're probably going to have to meet for a fight.

So, in descending order, here are the five best golf movies of all time.

5. The Legend of Bagger Vance
Release date:
November 3, 2000
Starring: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron
What made it great: For those who are really into golf, it explains the importance of having a great caddie. They're not just luggage toters -- they're a swing coach, a mental coach, a voice of reason and a friend. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) was a promising golfer from Savannah, Ga., is traumatized after serving the country in World War I and losing most of his company in battle. After returning home, he doesn't care much for the game anymore, but gets talked into playing an exhibition -- as the local participant -- with Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen. In comes Bagger Vance (Will Smith), a man with the wisdom required to help Junuh with his personal demons and his swing. In the end, the match ends in a three-way tie when Junuh calls a penalty on himself (hello, Bobby Jones) on the final hole. Overall, an enjoyable flick.

Here's the scene where Junuh is in the woods having a flashback from his days in the war and Vance gets him focused to put that aside and hit his shot:

4. The Greatest Game Ever Played
Release date:
September 30, 2005
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Peter Firth, Elias Koteas
What made it great: The fact that it's based mostly on truth -- to make it more dramatic for the big screen some parts are a little overdone (like Ouimet's "winning putt" on 18 in the playoff over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, when in reality, Ouimet beat Vardon by five strokes and Ray by six strokes, but don't let the facts get in the way of a good story!) -- is what made it terrific. The Greatest Game Ever Played is the story of Francis Ouimet (portrayed by LaBeouf), who became the first amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open when he turned the trick in 1913 at the posh Country Club in Brookline, Mass. -- a place where he started off working as a caddie at the age of 11. Raised in an immigrant family, Ouimet's story is nothing short of inspiring. In a game that was pretty much exclusive to the wealthy, the working-class Ouimet defied all odds to beat two of the day's best professionals in Vardon and Ray. It was a fun movie about the man regarded as the "Father of Amateur Golf in the United States" before the rise of Bobby Jones.

Fun fact: It was shot in Montreal, Canada. Kanawaki Golf Club, in Kahnawake, Quebec, was the site of the golf scenes.

Here's the winning moment scene:

3. Happy Gilmore
Release date:
February 16, 1996
Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers
What made it great: Better yet, what didn't make it great? Twenty years later even the game's best players use the famous "Happy Gilmore" swing when messing around on the range or in long-drive competitions. This was Sandler at his best. The batting cage scene; the ninth green at 9 o'clock scene; the Chubbs Petterson alligator scene; the Bob Barker scene; the "chip with the 5-iron" Shooter McGavin scene; the "mista, mista" old lady/air conditioner scene; Ben Stiller as the mean elderly caretaker bootlegging knitted items. Just a hilarious movie all around with a cast that was just perfect for every role. Can you think of a better Happy Gilmore than Sandler? A better Shooter McGavin than McDonald? A better Chubbs Petterson than Weathers? No, no and no. Here's a look at that Bob Barker scene, which kills me every time:

Did you know Sandler and Barker created a sequel to the scene years later (warning: video clip has strong language):

Loved this movie.

2. Tin Cup
Release date:
August 16, 1996
Starring: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin
What made it great: Have you ever heard the phrase, "I got shawshanked" by such and such a movie? If you haven't, it's basically a nod to the tremendous film "The Shawshank Redemption" starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, as in when "The Shawshank Redemption" is on TV, you can't flip past it no matter how many times you've seen it. Well, whenever I flip through the channels and come across "Tin Cup" I get shawshanked. Can't turn it off. At this point, I almost know the movie by heart, but I still watch it whenever it's on. I love it. Costner's Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy basically reminds me of a mix between John Daly and Phil Mickelson (before Phil won a major). Go for broke, always trying to pull off the most unlikely of shots. You're either first or you're last. I love all the cameos in this movie too from the likes of Mickelson, Craig Stadler, Peter Kostis, Peter Jacobsen and more. Costner portrays the ultimate "People's Golfer." McAvoy has a little something about him that anyone can relate too. And his caddie Romeo (played by Cheech Marin) is the best "Romeo" in a drama since Romeo from "Romeo and Juliet." The banter between the too, throughout the movie, is just awesome.

Here's one of my favorite scenes from the movie (the 7-iron bet with David Simms):

And if you're wondering about the story behind the famous final-hole scene, you can check it out here.

1. Caddyshack
Release date:
July 25, 1980
Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray
What made it great: It's the Jack Nicklaus of golf movies -- the G.O.A.T. The cast of characters is so perfect it's insane. Murray, as greenskeeper Carl Spackler, improvised all of his lines. In fact, a lot of the movie was improvised. Director Harold Ramis basically put together a cast of the funniest people of the day and let them do what they do best -- be funny. While not as completely over the top as the Caddyshack characters, haven't we all run across a Ty Webb, a Danny Noonan, a Carl Spackler, a Judge Smails and an Al Czervik?

For my money, there's no better golf movie than Caddyshack. It's perfect. It can't be topped... proven by the atrocious sequel.

There are too many great scenes to list here, but we'll leave you with Spackler's "Cinderella Story" monologue:

Ranking the 5 best golf movies
August 15, 2016 - 9:14am
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Bubba Watson takes a selfie with USA teammate and Olympic bronze medalist, Matt Kuchar.

Bubba Watson's trip down to Brazil wasn't just for business.

It could be argued that Watson, who finished T8 in the Rio Olympics men's golf competition, is having more fun than any other athlete at the Games. And his Twitter feed has a photo album's worth of images to prove it.

Here's a sampling of Watson's feed from the last week+:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yeah, so it looks like someone's been having a good time.
Bubba Watson taking it all in at Rio Olympics