Funny or not: Bill Murray
By mustang6560 on 2/11/13
In a piece originally published on Deadspin, Tom Ley summed up Bill Murray's appearance in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am saying "Bill Murray is an American hero". Tom cited Bill Murray hobnobbing with some servicemen and women, Bill Murray @#$% with Harris Barton's Super Bowl rings, Bill Murray signing some woman's face and Bill Murray throwing hats into the gallery as examples of Bill Murray's awesomeness. And best Bill Murray highlight of the week was Bill Murray feeding his divot to a fan (as seen below).

I love Pebble Beach. It's one of my favorite courses. But I'm over the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and I'm certainly over Bill Murray being invited to play. I get it — he played Carl Spackler in Caddyshack last century and every golf fan is supposed to love Caddyshack. But come on — he's really not that funny. Writing on a fan's face with a Sharpie and shoving grass down a face's throat while keeping a straight face isn't funny. It's stupid (and don't get me started on his beardstache).

If I had my way, I'd do away with the Pro-Am in lieu of a regular golf tournament. Pebble Beach is interesting enough as a golf course that you don't need movie stars like Bill Murray in the field to add excitement.

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srogers13 says:
I will say in deference to his beard, that is for an actual movie role. I believe he is playing Roosevelt in an upcoming movie.
DougE says:
I like Bill Murray as a comedic talent. He enjoys the game and plays it fairly well. However, I don't appreciate the lack of respect he shows for the game at this tournament. He always dresses like a slob, and makes a mockery of things in an effort to be "over the top" for the TV cameras. I wish he would just play golf without acting like an idiot. Show a little respect. JMHO.
jasonfish11 says:
Lighten up, go home smoke some Carl Spackler Bent, and get stoned to the bejeezus-belt.
jasonfish11 says:
So he goes to play golf and has a lot of fun. His money gets to funnel to a charity and in the mean time some fan gets the story of his life because Bill Murray hand fed him a diviot. Not saying I'd enjoy eating a diviot from Bill but nothing in your article is worth getting bent out of shape over.

Just relax and be the ball.
MB 2.0 says:
Lighten up, Francis.
joe jones says:
Go back and review some of the things that happened years ago when the clam bake first started. The whole thing started when Crosby invited his booze hound buddies up for a week of revelry. The event was originally held in Palm Springs until they told him to leave town and not come back.Learn to enjoy the scenery, laugh at the bad swings and yes, watch some great golf. In other words. LIGHTEN UP.
bkuehn1952 says:
Pro-Ams are featured in two tournaments a year. It is easy to avoid watching these type of events. I only watched a few hours Sunday. I agree that Bill Murray's routine has gotten a bit stale for me and so I try to avoid days when he is featured. Those who like Bill's Pro-Am act can watch all they want. I tune out. Works for me.
Ward says:
get rid of bill murray, these kids these days have no respect, you know who was funny... charlie chaplin, and moses!
Trip says:
He's tradition. I agree his schtick has gotten old for me, but my father-in-law is on the floor laughing. They should start to bring in some younger comedians to appeal to a younger crowd and develop some new traditions.

I also think the celebs are embedded in the lore of this tournament. Getting rid of them at this point would be like changing the Masters to the Fall.
onedollarwed says:
Oh yeah, sports aren't supposed to be entertaining, it's serious, real. All sports that rely on viewers, fans, ad space are exhibitions. If you delude yourself to caring about it so much - like who's paying to broadcast this? - then maybe you don't understand the way things work in the USA. Yes I have traveled to England and seen the old BBC 1 and 2, and the multi-day commercial-free cricket matches, and I have been to the Pro-Am at Pebble Beach in person. Let's just say the crowd gets it and would take more MORE MMOORREE of Bill Murray any day.

I always wonder why people nag about all-star games as "only exhibition games, they don't count." Well, if somebody's watching, paying, then it counts! Charlie Finley lives!!!
Coach Chuck says:
I didn't watch till Sunday nite and that was on my dvr. Being there would be a good time, on tv I just want the golf and see the views,( not Bill Murray's golf ).
Kurt the Knife says:
sports. all popular, televised sports are entertainment, nothing more. millions upon millions of dollars rain upon individuals who offer little in terms of real value of benefit or added value to economy or common good. So Bill Murray shoves turf for a perceived benefit, yay his job is done. In the guise of charity or otherwise.
I get tired of multi-million or hundreds-of-multi-million dollar deals doled to INDIVIDUALS while I and my colleagues deal with hundreds if not tens of thousands (I've been in practice for near 30 years) who struggle with basic, drastic, medical human needs.
Personally, I enjoy watching televised golf events.I rationalize their rewards primarily because they endeavor solitarily. But I tire of ignorant NFL,NBA,MLB excesses.
larrynjr says:
I didn't get to watch much of the tournament but I enjoyed the celebrities more than the pros. We know the pros have game, seeing celebrities with a bit of game is fun. I'm glad Snedecker won but it was almost boring to see him pour all those putts in from where ever his ball happened to be.
Kickntrue says:
I don't get the hate Mustang. Pro-Ams rule. I'd put 3 more of them on the schedule. Put them on the four corners of the country and get more people out watching bad good paired with great. I think you're just jealous.
Banker85 says:
Bill Murray is hilarious. Way funnier then you would be I am sure Sally. The people they can do with out at the Celebrity Pro-AM would be the CEO's of companies like PNC bank who the cares to watch that old fat millionaire golf.
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