For 22nd anniversary of "Happy Gilmore," here's a collection of Happy Gilmore swings

Happy Gilmore
Courtesy of Happy Madison Productions
Adam Sandler's running swing in "Happy Gilmore" has spawned a million imitations, some much better than others.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 11:30 a.m.
 
Hard to believe, but "Happy Gilmore" was released 22 years ago today. In the film – which many call the funniest golf movie ever, with "Caddyshack" being the other half of that debate – Adam Sandler plays a down-and-out hockey player who tries his hand at golf to win enough money to save his grandmother's house.
 
Aside from the wisecracks – and an evil Bob Barker – what we mostly remember from the film is Happy's trademark running swing at the golf ball. Golfers everywhere have tried that move with varying degrees of success over the years and, to tip our cap to "Happy Gilmore," here is a collection of some of the most memorable of those attempts.
 
We'll start off with world No. 1 Jordan Spieth at the Grapefruit Pro-Am in Florida, courtesy of Spieth's buddy and country music star Jake Owen:
 
 
Next up is up-and-coming PGA Tour player John Peterson, who took his cut at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last fall – and shot a 66! That earned him some serious respect from his fellow players, and rightly so:
 

 
Pro golfers aren't the only "Happy Gilmore" fans. Washington Nationals' star outfielder Bryce Harper obviously loves the guy as well, as he tried the big swing before Spring Training last winter – and cracked a prodigious drive.
 
 
The best we've ever seen is Padraig Harrington, who whaled away at the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Check out his form:
 
 
U.S. soccer star Sydney Leroux didn't fare quite so well:
 
 
Several of the world's best players took a crack at it in their preparation for the 2013 British Open. We don't know that it helped:
 
 
And finally, just to refresh your memory, here is the original, revealed to us 20 years ago today. Happy anniversary to "Happy Gilmore!"