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Former major champ has had enough of Bill Murray’s ‘tired act’ at Pebble Beach

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Bill Murray has been a staple at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 1993. The actor has always aimed to please the crowd with his unique on-course appearance and antics designed to entertain those in attendance.

Mark Calcavecchia, however, is not amused. He expressed his displeasure with Murray’s antics via Twitter:

“I think Bill Murray is an amazing actor,” the 13-time PGA Tour winner and former Open champion wrote to his 15,000 followers.

“Huge fan of a lot of his movies. But this golf course act is getting so tired.”

Calcavecchia’s opinion drew mixed reactions, so you can be the judge:

Has Murray’s act gone stale or is it all just a bit of traditional light-hearted fun?

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  1. tom

    Mar 27, 2022 at 11:20 am

    all i see here are a bunch of projections of yourselves.

    i don’t think mark is jealous of bill.
    if i’m sick of homeless tents in my area does that mean i’m jealous of homeless or does that mean i have an underlying jealous issue buried in my soul?

    i don’t have a problem with the waste management 16th hole except the hole in one S show. as it’s unfair to the groups behind waiting for the 20 minute cleanup and the divots left in the green. there’s no way they can find and fix all of them.

    covid hackers have def entered the golf arena.

    brooks calling out bryson with his brooksie stunt was unfair to all the other players as well.

  2. Straight shooter

    Feb 23, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Spot on.

  3. Easy3

    Feb 22, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Finding ‘tired acts’ is easy in the instruction forums.

  4. Walter

    Feb 21, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Speaking of ‘tired acts’, WRX is right up there with the best of ’em.

  5. EU

    Feb 20, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t think many golf fans are crashing the gates to watch 61-year-old curmudgeon Mark Calcavecchia.

  6. Mike B

    Feb 19, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Good grief, lighten up Francis.

  7. YDKJ

    Feb 15, 2022 at 10:58 am

    I’m tired of WM Phoenix Open Hole 16’s ridiculous stadium antics by the fans. Golf is devolving into bringing in absolute trash to the game, just so that the industry can take money from idiots. What happened to the “gentleman’s game.” Which is to say, we see that behavior of drunks on the course every day now – and at least with Bill Murray, it’s once a year only and he’s there for that specific entertainment purpose.

    • Gunmetal

      Feb 17, 2022 at 10:11 pm

      So Bill Murray is fine once a year but one hole once a year of golf fans going crazy isn’t? The ‘golf is a gentlemen’s game’ is hilarious and fake news.

    • Ted

      Feb 23, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      Correct. Days of Noah. The rug pull cometh.

  8. edward

    Feb 14, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Forget Bill Murray, the fact that Social Media has given people a quick place to stir the pot based on some fleeting thought is really annoying, 25 years ago we’d never be having the conversation and Calc’s 5 second thought would have subsided – and everyone would be calm. This happens too much.

    • Jason

      Feb 21, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      And the media wouldn’t then have been able to dredge it up as ‘news’. Social Media is the origin, but it’s Sports news plagiarizing social media that creates the real havoc.

  9. Rich

    Feb 12, 2022 at 8:46 am

    He’s raising money for charity. People pay to come see him. Call is a drip.

    What a bunch of upright people.

    • Roy

      Feb 12, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      Wonder how many people at PB would have turned around at the gate if they were told Murray wasnt playing that day??

  10. Dave Walter

    Feb 11, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Absolutely have seen enough of Bill Murray on the golf course and I would have to think that any fellow players in the group would feel the same after being witness to 5 hours of his attention seeking antics that generally spotlight what one should not do on a golf course, most especially on a course as renowned as Peeble Beach. Painful to watch!

    • Walt Davis

      Feb 12, 2022 at 8:38 pm

      Liberal alert ^^^^^^

      • joe

        Feb 14, 2022 at 9:30 am

        Oh brother, here comes the insecure political accusations out of nowhere. If someone doesn’t like the same comedians as you, they are a liberal? Give me a break. For the record Calcavecchia started this conversation – A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN. Go back to your rocking chair, Walt.

      • joe

        Feb 15, 2022 at 9:49 am

        WHAT? How is that even a thing in this thred?

  11. Divot Diggler

    Feb 10, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    It is not any celebrity participants fault for the state of the event.. ……I know some will not like to hear this honest opinion but it is time to totally revamp the AT&T format ……least I say it is old and tired…..

  12. g daddy

    Feb 10, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    There’s one big difference between Bill Murray and Calcavechia. Bill Murray can still play the Att&t and Calc can’t. Calc’s not yourng enough, or good enough, or loved by the fans enough to get into this tournament. Does Bill use the same gags year after year, sure, but that’s what people want. And a lot of people look forward to him being there, because he figuratively “thumbs his nose” at the boring, crusty (see Calc, see most pro golfers and country club jerks) image that golf has. But he gets away with it, one of the few people who can. And as we see golf become less stuffy and stuck-up – which it certainly has in the last 10 years – his act was part of that change.

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  14. Jock Hutchison

    Feb 10, 2022 at 6:21 am

    “Has Murray’s act gone stale or is it all just a bit of traditional light-hearted fun?”
    Its both

  15. Bob Wilson

    Feb 10, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Wow call out Bill Murray…. but I don’t think bill will waste his time even responding. Then somebody can say something to calc like eat another hot dog and he’s calling them out calling them dicks and saying come on take a swing at me in person. Who’s wasting who’s time here

  16. Will Murray

    Feb 9, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Calc is forgetting that Bill Murray and every other celebrity in the Pro Am is raising money to “preserve” that part of the coast for “all of us” to enjoy…as long as we can get past the gates that is.

  17. E Montgomery82

    Feb 9, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Who asked for Calc’s opinion? Another former trying to remain relevant.Personality wise, Calc is right up there with Curtis Strange, Weiskopf, Irwin, Seve, Monte…..revered now that they’ve retired, jerks when they were active on tour…

    • Thomas Woodward

      Feb 9, 2022 at 11:57 am

      IMHO, Bill Murray is stuck in “Ground Hog Day” mode and maybe he’s incapable of changing-up his rhetoric on the course to entertain golf fans and fellow golfers, pro, or amateur. Maybe he should wear a Chevy Chase mask when he’s not teeing off and putting and walk the course to his ball doing his best to mimic Chevy for a day. The next day he’ll wear a different mask of Dan Aykroyd, the next day Harold Ramos, and if his team is playing on Sunday John Candy. Give it a shot Bill and silence your critics…

    • jgpl001

      Feb 11, 2022 at 4:48 am

      Couldn’t agree more, and boy were those JERKS…utter and total
      PS – the format of this event is tired, stale and boring and I could’t be bothered watching it now
      A PGA Tour event is for Pro’s, end of

  18. Jack Nash

    Feb 9, 2022 at 11:26 am

    It’s once a year, so why would a former “1 time” major winner who hardly plays at all anymore chime in with his 2 cents? Maybe he’s just thinking of the way it was many, many years ago when he played. The fans come to see Murray. Sure he’s getting long in the tooth but once he’s gone so likely will the Tourney. Long gone are the days of Hope, Crosby, Lemon and many more the public paid to see. At one time the Clam Bake was the place to be, but as like anything modern today it’s outlived it’s usefulness. Too bad. It was fun, but now it’s just another Tourney on the west coast. The Big one is this week. WM Tourney.

  19. DaveJ

    Feb 9, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Everywhere Bill goes he expected to be a clown for the fans. I’m sure he would be happy to just play golf and goof around with his playing partners, but there is a new crowd on every hole egging him on along with the on-course commentators interviewing him and trying to get him to do something funny. It has to be exhausting for him as well.

  20. Shane

    Feb 9, 2022 at 10:50 am

    I am a big Bill Murray fan, and I have felt this way for years. But I don’t really enjoy the celebrity aspect at all, so maybe I am not the guy to listen to. The vast majority of them can’t play an ounce, and they make it take forever.

  21. Dan

    Feb 9, 2022 at 12:36 am

    His golf course antics have been stale from the getgo, they are just rotten smelly garbage now. I like some of his movies, but his golf course stuff, just straight trash IMO. Super unfunny.

  22. Hank

    Feb 8, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    And his clothes are ugly.

  23. Peter

    Feb 8, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Would it be a good idea to invite some of the best amateur golfers in the world to pair up with the pros and play in a professional golf tournament at PB? Experience of a life time for some?

  24. 16 handicap, 25 years old, played real sports growing up

    Feb 8, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Hahahaha is this actually calc replying in here? If it actually is Calc then Murray clearly won….. if you care that much about some old fully useless rich individual then it’s you who has lost, you’ve given them all the attention that they wanted from you whether they knew you existed or not big guy…. The guy calling people “keyboard warriors” is certainly using his keyboard a lot????

  25. Richard

    Feb 8, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    It isn’t Bill Murray that is the issue, it’s the Pro Am itself!
    What use to be pros and a good deal of know amateurs, has dissolved into a field of a few pros playing along side corporate / sponsor types which is uninteresting to the viewer.

    • reeder

      Feb 8, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Have to agree with you Richard. Personally, I think the entire event is way past it’s prime. Not just Bill Murray, on that tired re-run guest list, that is more than a little past prime. The organizers need to re-think their invite list and also hit their “refresh” button on this event as it has become kind of boring.

  26. Speedy

    Feb 8, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Agree. Murray’s PB act is way past its shelf date.

  27. Anthony S. Polakov

    Feb 8, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    Personally, I think the 3/4 day Pro AM is really a thing of the past. You lose alot of the Top players because of the 6 hour rounds and the amateurs being around all week. I like Bill Murray. As long as they are going to continue with this format, he is one big reason the crowds come to watch. But my vote is to end the long Pro Am tourneys.

  28. Luke RP

    Feb 8, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Interesting. In a pro-am, people are getting whitey righties in a knot because Bill Murray does what he does. Why doesn’t everyone just confirm so the armchair audience can sit around and golf clap.
    I wish others would loosen up a bit more.

  29. Bruce

    Feb 8, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Calc is on target in the bulls eye. I do not watch the first 2 rounds because of Bill Murry – just ridiculous. I turn on the TV to watch golf.

  30. Jerry

    Feb 8, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Crosby Family pulls out of what it calls a corporate sideshow. 1985
    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1985-04-23-sp-11564-story.html

  31. GaGolfer

    Feb 8, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Murray’s fine. Calc is entitled to his opinion. What I’m dismayed about is how few comments are free of spelling/grammar issues. Seriously? Is English your native language?

  32. Barry Crutchley

    Feb 8, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Its the way he is and has to be funny otheriwse he would not be on tv. I have to say throwing the club in bunker in a no no even for him and sets a poor example for the kids watching.

  33. geohogan

    Feb 8, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Most pga tournaments are boring.
    eg Safeway Open, Vivint Houston Open, Sanderson Farms
    Would rather watch grass grow.

    The Pebble beach event is one of the great fund raisers for charity.

  34. John mac

    Feb 8, 2022 at 7:55 am

    And its been so much fun watching boorish whiney biatch markey ?

  35. johnf

    Feb 8, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Some, like me, who don’t care for pro ams don’t watch and don’t care others do. A few who don’t like them crave to be the center of attention and tweet their unimportant viewpoints to say ‘Hey .. look at me!’

  36. Trumps blows

    Feb 8, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Old act? How bout lil dk trumps bs that all these lame racist lemming white middle class republicans keep believing like fools?

  37. Just Dave

    Feb 8, 2022 at 6:31 am

    That fat bum needs to go to fighting with John Daly at the buffet. He’s just mad that Bill likely makes more money just to show up at Pebble Beach than Mark has made his entire career.

    • Calc

      Feb 8, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      Come on out on PGA Champions and watch me play Dik Dave. Introduce yourself after one of my rounds. I’m sure you are a big tough guy.

      • Fong

        Feb 9, 2022 at 1:10 am

        Watch you play with dik? Bloody hell mate, calm down

      • Bob Wilson

        Feb 9, 2022 at 11:56 pm

        Eat another hot dog calc. Bill Murray is Bill Murray and he is fantastic wherever he goes I would love to get to play with Bill. I can say this because I’ve been swinging clubs since I was three my parents built and ran a golf course when I was a kid 18 holes Medicine Hat Alberta. I can’t tell you I would like to play a round of golf with calc but I would give my left nut to play a round of golf with Bill Murray. And I am sure a lot of people feel the same way I do about Bill so like I said calc go eat another hot dog and shut the hell up

  38. Mike

    Feb 7, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Calc is absolutely correct. Anyone still laughing at Murray’s 30 year old shtick really need to revamp their sense of humor.

  39. Lefthack

    Feb 7, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Wow, jealous much? He’s just made because he knows he can’t hit that putt. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, tweet.

  40. Shane

    Feb 7, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I think Calc needs to lighten up! Quit being such a stuff shirt!

    • dcl92

      Feb 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm

      In a follow-up message, Calc says “Get off my lawn!”.

  41. 'Mark

    Feb 7, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Just as the Bob Hope ended with few celebrities it is time for the old “Bing’s Clam bake” to come to an end. Mixing the best golfers in the world with amateurs is for Monday thru Wednesday, they need to be behind the ropes Thursday thru Sunday..

    • ericsokp

      Feb 8, 2022 at 12:47 am

      Couldn’t agree more! Plus (and I know this qualifies me as an “old guy”), I have no idea who 99% of these “celebrities” are! Rappers who’s “music” I’ll never listen to, actors/actresses who’s movies/TV shows I’ve never seen, along with rich executives and CEO’s who make more money in a month than I’ll ever make in my lifetime.

      Bing’s clambake is like an old pet who needs to be put to sleep; it’s the only humane thing to do.

  42. BobbyN

    Feb 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Bill Murray needs to dress up in full Caddy Shack character and play the part that made him famous in the golf world. Cool if he used the sling tool to play with. I wouldn’t mind watching that at all. Maybe he could play Calc for paychecks? I think Murray should be in the HOF for his work. It’s in the hole!

  43. Golffan

    Feb 7, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Agree with Calc. Painful to watch. If I wanted comedy I’d switch channels.

    • Calc can go away and no one would notice...

      Feb 7, 2022 at 9:55 pm

      You mean you don’t get enough laughs from your scorecards?

  44. Jeremy

    Feb 7, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    I guarantee you more people enjoyed seeing Bill Murray there than Mark Calcavecchia.

  45. Drkviol801

    Feb 7, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Calc stick to eating snacks will ya?

    • Calc

      Feb 8, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      You are a real tough guy huh? Come out and say that to me on the course keyboard warrior.

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Freak incident leads LPGA pro to finish round putting with her wedge

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Golf viewers have seen plenty of tantrums on the golf course.

Go back to the likes of John Daly and Jon Rahm for not exactly hiding their frustrations with a bad shot, whilst the list of players throwing or damaging clubs is manifold. Indeed, just five days ago, recordings showed Grayson Murray snapping a club over his knee after a wayward approach at the US Open in Brookline.

It’s a bit more unusual on the womens’ tours, although Brooke Henderson put up a show at the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship when throwing her club on to her bag and snapping it, rendering it impossible to play with.

LPGA player Emma Talley isn’t in that league and usually takes it out on her putter by rapping it against her left foot. On Thursday, however, she damaged her flat stick on the 6th green at Congressional, scene of this season’s KPMG event, some four years after Henderson’s misdemeanour.

The former US Women’s Amateur champion admitted it surprised her, as she hadn’t rapped the club with that much force:

“I hit my putter on my toe, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s why I’m so upset because I wish I would have broken it out of madness, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s what sucked.”

TV coverage showed viewers the 28-year-old putting with a wedge from that moment on whilst Todd Garry of the PGA of America explained:

“So, Emma, on the 6th green, missed a short putt and kind of hit her foot with her putter, and she loosened the clubhead. She could continue to use it throughout her round but she decided to use her wedge, so she must replace….she has to get that fixed before starting her round tomorrow, but she could have kept using her putter.”

Coverage then showed Talley in tears after missing a gettable putt on the 8th, her 17th of the day, and finished 6-over, some four shots off the cut line.

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DP World Tour announces sanctions for LIV golfers…including heavy fines

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In a dramatic move by the DP World Tour, all players involved with the LIV Golf Series will be fined and banned from entering the Scottish Open in July.

With the highly-regarded tournament set to take place at the Renaissance Club for the fourth year in succession, many of the top players will have planned to use the event to prepare for The Open Championship, set to have its 150th running at St. Andrews, just a week later.

Whilst the R&A, the organisation with control of the final major, is allowing LIV players into the event, this seems to be a European version of the twists and turns in the United States, where LIV players were welcomed into the PGA Championship but shunned by the PGA Tour.

The DP World Tour will fine members that played at the opening LIV event at the Centurion Club to the tune of £100,000 and suspend all from both the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship, held from July 7th-10th, and from the Barracuda Championship, taking place as an ‘opposite’ event to what should be a classic final major.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, has not ruled out further action, his statement confirming that participation in further conflicting tournaments without the required release “may incur further sanctions.”

The Scottish Open is an event that has often enticed many of the live candidates for The Open, and can list both Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell as previous winners, the pair now banned from the event because of their participation in the inaugural LIV event.

The 2021 running saw Collin Morikawa finish down the field before coming on from the experience to win the Claret Jug, whilst joint runner-up Matt Fitzpatrick subsequently won the Andalucia Masters and, of course, the recent US Open at Brookline.

Whilst the amount of the fine is peanuts in comparison to the millions that has been offered to the likes of Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, this will go down well with players with the same mindset as Morikawa, Max Homa and Rory McIlroy, all of whom talk of history and tradition.

Indeed, the last-named and recent Canadian Open winner has labelled some of the breakaway players as “duplicitous”, a reference to the talk of ‘loyalty’ to the PGA Tour and a quick backtrack to signing for the Saudi-backed series.

Pelley was clear in his statement made earlier today:

“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members.”

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.”

Pelley concludes, “Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

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Xander Schauffele has been one of stars on the PGA Tour who’s been rumored to be a target of the LIV Golf series.

According to his interview with The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio, he’s been steadfast in turning down the proposals of the Saudi-backed golf league.

“Yeah I’m here,” he said. “I met with Jay, we had a player meeting today. I met with Jay myself yesterday and I see myself right now trying to find a way to keep guys on the Tour versus being one to bail.”

“I’m very happy with what’s going on the Tour for the most part and I feel like there’s enough here. I know we’re competing against a big pot of money that’s sort of never ending, you can strike out a million times but there’s still gonna be on that plate swinging so it’s a hard competitor to go up against but I feel like there’s enough on this Tour and enough talent to make it the best in the world and keep it the best.”

“I’m not the first one to sit here and lie to somebody, the numbers being thrown around are very obnoxious. There are certain numbers that even fans of mine, if they looked at it and sit it they’d tell me I’m an idiot for not going, but right now, I’m 28-years-old, I want to win Major championships, I want to win PGA Tour events, and I really think we can make this product on the PGA Tour, it’s been the best and now there is competition, and we can keep it the best with the talent we have, we just kind of need to unify and keep it together.

“So to any one of my fans, words are words, and actions speak louder than words, and right now my actions are to stay on the tour and you’ll see me out here competing on the PGA Tour circuit.”

Of course, Brooks Koepka and others have said they were staying on the PGA Tour and ended up going to LIV anyway. Some users on Twitter pointed out Schauffele’s careful wording when answering the question.

@ToeTagginTambo pointed out that he used the words “right now” when describing his intentions to stay on the PGA Tour, but Xander has, at the very least, committed his immediate future to the PGA Tour.

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