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Golf Movie Madness: The championship match

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Hardly a “Cinderella story, out of nowhere,” it’s hardly a surprise to see “Caddyshack” in the finals of our Golf Movie Madness Bracket. Likewise, the “unfinished symphony of Roy McAvoy,” “Tin Cup” has rightfully booked passage for this ultimate voyage.

Here’s how we got here.

More directly, “Tin Cup” took down “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” The story of Roy McAvoy’s U.S. Open bid edged out the tale of Francis Ouimet’s improbable 1913 U.S. Open victory, 75 percent of the vote to 25 percent.

In the other semifinal match, “Caddyshack” topped “Happy Gilmore” 72 percent to 28 percent. The prodigious Mr. Gilmore’s tale was no match for the saga of Danny Noonan and the goings-on at Bushwood Country Club.

Now, it’s time for the final showdown.

Tin Cup vs. Caddyshack

Who wins, GolfWRX Members, securing the title of “GolfWRX members choice for greatest golf movie”? Vote below!

Who wins the championship match?

  • Caddyshack (62%, 971 Votes)
  • Tin Cup (38%, 592 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,563

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  1. GhostofKenGreen

    Mar 25, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Dead Solid Perfect is the only winner here. If you think otherwise you like white belts, cart speakers, and FIGJAMs hairDO

  2. David Sims

    Mar 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Tin Cup was a golf movie, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Peter Jacobson. There was real golf.

    Caddyshack was a movie about a motorized gopher. C’Mon people wake up.

    • Gene Ebert

      Mar 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Dead Solid Perfect was a Golf movie even more than Tin Cup. That doesn’t mean it’s a better movie than Tin Cup. Caddyshack is the best movie on this list. Just so happens to be golf related.

  3. Michaele

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Shocking that anyone could choose Tin Cup over Caddyshack.

  4. Rich Douglas

    Mar 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Caddyshack, naturally. Of course, it’s not exactly a golf movie.

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