Story behind Boo's famous bull ride

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Boo Weekley "rides the bull" down the first fairway during the final day of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 10:01 a.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published in 2014. We're bringing it back today as it's the nine-year anniversary of Weekley's famous bull ride.

One of the most memorable moments from the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., came on the first tee in Sunday singles.

That's when, after pounding a drive down the middle, Boo Weekley channeled his inner Happy Gilmore and "rode the bull" off the tee.

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Check out the video here in case you need a refresher:

And, of course, here's the inspiration for Weekley's actions by Adam Sandler in "Happy Gilmore":

Clearly, Weekley was excited. And he had every reason to be. The U.S. closed out the matches that day and it remains the last Ryder Cup win for an American side and the only one since winning in 1999.

In a recent interview with senior writer Rex Hoggard on a show called, For the Record, Weekley talked about that Ryder Cup experience and his infamous bull ride and why he decided to do it.

"It was by far the greatest golf moment and tournament and surrounding that I've ever had a part of," Weekley said. "We're so used to playing out here everyday, week on week -- golf by ourselves, playing against everybody. You get there, you look over and you've got your buddies -- the guys you competed against the week before last -- and now here y'all are like teammates, trying to talk things out, listening to some of the veterans there and what they felt when they was there the first time. It was an experience."

So what compelled Weekley to take that memorable bull ride?

"I can't remember what day it was, but it was during one of the practice rounds," Weekley explained. "I think it may have been the last day of the practice rounds. Me and my wife just got through having dinner and doing the main thing with everybody. We come down and we're grabbing some waters out of the little old room that was on our floor. There were two officers -- a lady officer and another man sitting in there. I was talking and there happened to be Happy Gilmore running across the screen on the TV and they got to laughing. I turned to Karen and I said, 'Baby, I'm going to do that. I'm going to do that off one of the tee boxes.'"

The officers laughed and called Weekley out.

"'Yeah right! Whatever. You ain't going to do that.'" Weekley recalled them saying. "And I said, 'I'm going to do it. I don't know what day I'm going to do it, but I'm going to do it.' When I got out there I was pumped, excited and ready for it to get over with, to tell you the truth. Win, lose or draw, it was one of those moments -- I won't ever forget it. I went up there and I took my practice swing and it hit me right then. As I took my second practice swing, I always take two, there's a tree out there about 200 yards. I said, 'If I can just start it over that tree, I'm going to ride this club out of here.'"

So, there you have it -- the story behind why Weekley rode the bull down the first fairway during the final day of the 2008 Ryder Cup.

Here's the video clip:


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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.