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Bill Murray’s “Cinderella Story” monologue was totally improvised and totally incorrect



Bill Murray’s entire iconic “Cinderella Story” monologue in Caddyshack was improvised. This you may have heard, but Chris Nashawaty, in another excerpt on from his upcoming book on the making of the movie, sheds a little more light on the scene.

First, this is all that was in the script regarding Carl Spackler’s Masters moment.

The sky is beginning to darken. CARL, THE GREENSKEEPER, is absently lopping the heads off bedded tulips as he practices his golf swing with a grass whip.

After making the directorial decision to use mums instead of tulips (a good one, as they explode in a cloud of petals at impact), all Ramis asked Murray to do was to do some imaginary commentary, giving an example of how he encouraged himself when running by pretending he was announcing his performance at the Olympics.

The iconic improv wasn’t something refined over multiple takes, either: As Murray told Nashawaty, “Improvising about golf was easy for me. And it was fun.”

Nashawaty transcribes Spackler’s speech, and here’s the thing: it makes no sense logistically and the greenskeeper’s club selection and distances are immensely curious.


What an incredible Cinderella story. This unknown comes outta nowhere to lead the pack at Augusta. He’s at the final hole. He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a two iron, I think … (Carl reels back and swats the head off of a mum. Petals fly like confetti) Boy, he got all of that. The crowd is standing on its feet here at Augusta. The normally reserved Augusta crowd is going wild … (he pauses as he notices some golfers coming) for this young Cinderella who’s come out of nowhere. He’s got about 350 yards left. He’s going to hit about a five iron, it looks like, don’t you think? (Carl pulls the grass whip back to demolish the next mum) He’s got a beautiful backswing … That’s … Oh! He got all of that one! He’s gotta be pleased with that. The crowd is just on its feet here. He’s a Cinderella boy, tears in his eyes, I guess, as he lines up this last shot. And he’s got about 195 yards left, and he’s got a, it looks like he’s got about an eight iron. This crowd has gone deadly silent. Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion. (Carl reels back one last time and — Swat! — blasts the third mum to smithereens) It looks like a mirac . . . It’s in the hole! IT’S IN THE HOLE!!!

So, Carl Spackler was apparently playing the par-4 18th hole as a three-shotter? Augusta’s 18th hole was ~400 yards at the time Murray gave his monologue (it does play about 460 yards now).

If you’re following on shot tracker

  • His first shot, a 2-iron, goes 105 yards
  • His second shot, from about 350 yards, flies 155 yards (with a 5-iron)
  • With an 8-iron, he holes out from 195

Makes perfect sense, right? Just another bit of comic absurdity from golf’s great comedy.

Here’s the scene.


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  3. Martsy

    Apr 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Geeze, way to take all the fun out of it…I guess next you’re going to tell us the Dalai Lama doesn’t play golf? 😛

  4. The dude

    Apr 21, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    A worthy read…

  5. ogo

    Apr 21, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Caddy Shack personifies the game of golf in the mind of delusionals.

  6. Scott

    Apr 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Of course Murray’s figuring is all wrong. That is one of the things that made it so funny.

  7. lulu

    Apr 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Golf is the game of clowns… laughing on the outside and crying on the inside… 😀 🙁

  8. Garb

    Apr 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Grow up, you ninny, stop writing this garbage

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Whoop provides key data behind Korda sisters’ impressive year



The Korda sisters are enjoying a fantastic 2021, with Jessica Korda winning back in January, while sister Nelly notched her second victory of the year at last week’s Meijer Classic.

Both sisters have begun well at this week’s LPGA Championship too as they go in search of their first major win, with Jessica currently 3-under while Nelly sits at 2-under.

Courtesy of Whoop, we’re able to look at critical data, including heart rate, HRV, sleep and recovery data from their biggest moments of 2021.

Per Whoop’s data, for Nelly’s first win in February, the 22-year-old’s recovery increased each day as the tournament progressed, from just 30% on Day 1 to 64% on Day 2, then to 75% and 77% on Days 3 and 4. 

Nelly’s heart rate variability also saw a similar pattern, improving day by day during the tournament.

For Jessica’s second-place finish in LA earlier this year, the 28-year-old slept for over 10 hours the night before the tournament began, with 31% of that in REM (deep sleep; 20-25% is average). She spent the next night in 31% of REM, shooting -7 and -6 on those first two days of the tournament.

For Nelly’s latest win at the Meijer Classic, she slept for 9 hours and 51 minutes the night before. Her Whoop recovery (a measure of how prepared the body is to perform each day) was 94%, and she’d also gotten almost 3 hours of REM sleep.

“I really focused on prioritizing my rest heading into this tournament. Whoop tells me how much sleep I need based on everything I do throughout the day and I listen to that closely to make sure I’m at peak performance for competition. I woke up seeing high recovery scores and feeling great, which helped give me more confidence that I could play my best.” – Nelly Korda

Interestingly, the Whoop data from both shows how much of an impact traveling can have on today’s players. Both sisters played in Anaheim, CA on April 1-4; however, Nelly competed on the west coast in Carlsbad, CA a week earlier, while Jessica traveled cross-country for the event.

On Day 2 of the tournament, Nelly’s recovery was green at 73%, but Jessicas was just 46%. Jessica finished the event T36 with a recovery of 86% on Saturday but was one-over through the first two days when her recovery was low, while Nelly finished the tournament third.

For more insights, check out here.

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Brooks Koepka claims Bryson started feud and ‘went back on his word’



Both Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are in action at this week’s Travelers Championship, with the two seemingly further away than ever from burying the hatchet.

The two have been openly quarrelling for the last couple of months in an ongoing rivalry that has captured the attention of more than just golf fans.

Ahead of this week’s event, Brooks Koepka spoke to media where he shared his version of the genesis of their feud, claiming that Bryson “went back on his word”.

“I thought it was just interesting when he walked up to my caddie and told Ricky that if I had something to say, to say it to his face. I thought that was kind of odd. Don’t walk up to my face, say it to my caddie.

When we had that conversation we agreed on something and he went back on it. So, you know, if you’re going to go back on your word I don’t have much respect for that.”

The 31-year-old has also been speaking to ESPN Sports Center host Matt Barrie ahead of this week’s event, where he said that he has “definitely got the better” of Bryson and that it’s unlikely the two will be settling their issues over a few drinks.

“There’s not much to talk about. Everything that’s gone on, it’s been one of those things. This whole thing started basically because of him so you know, I’ll leave it at that. I don’t see us having dinner or drinks or Michelob Ultra just to settle it.”

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Tokyo Olympic Men’s Golf field revealed



This summer will see some of the best golfers in the world representing their country at the Tokyo Olympics, with the final field now set.

The withdrawal of Dustin Johnson means that Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau are the four men who will play for the U.S., with Patrick Cantlay being first alternate.

As for Team GB, Tyrrell Hatton is the latest man who has withdrawn, citing issues related to Covid-19, international travel and schedule. Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey are the two men who will represent Team GB in Tokyo this summer, while Sergio Garcia is a late withdrawal for Team Spain.

Check out the full list of competitors below:

Justin Thomas (USA)

Collin Morikawa (USA)

Xander Schauffele (USA)

Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Rory McIlroy (IRL)

Shane Lowry (IRL)

Viktor Hovland (NOR)

Kristian Krogh Johannessen (NOR)

Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

Rikuya Hoshino (JPN)

Paul Casey (GBR)

Tommy Fleetwood (GBR)

Abraham Ancer (MEX)

Carlos Ortiz (MEX)

Sungjae Im (KOR)

Cameron Smith (AUS)

Marc Leishman (AUS)

Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

Guillermo Mito Pereira (CHI)

Corey Conners (CAN)

Mackenzie Hughes (CAN)

Victor Perez (FRA)

Antoine Rozner (FRA)

Garrick Higgo (RSA)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA)

Siwoo Kim (KOR)

Sebastian Munoz (COL)

Emiliano Grillo (ARG)

Thomas Detry (BEL)

Alex Noren (SWE)

Thomas Pieters (BEL)

Kalle Samooja (FIN)

Sami Valimaki (FIN)

Matthias Schwab (AUT)

Sepp Straka (AUT)

Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN)

Jazz Janewattananond (THA)

Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

Francesco Molinari (ITA)

Guido Migliozzi (ITA)

Henrik Norlander (SWE)

Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP)

Jon Rahm (ESP)

Joachim Hansen (DEN)

Rory Sabbatini (SVK)

Ryan Fox (NZL)

C.T. Pan (TPE)

Adrian Meronk (POL)

Maximilian Kieffer (GER)

Hurly Long (GER)

Juvic Pagunsan (PHI)

Ondrej Lieser (CZE)

Scott Vincent (ZIM)

Gunn Charoenkul (THA)

Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR)

Rafael Campos (PUR)

Gavin Green (MAS)

Carl Yuan (CHN)

Wu Ashun (CHN)

Anirban Lahiri (IND)

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