A Timeline of Bill Murray’s Best Moments at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
December 16, 2014
All is right again at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
On Tuesday, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the group that runs the tournament, announced that fan favorite Bill Murray would be playing in the 2015 AT&T Pro-Am, slated for Feb.9-15 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
For Murray, it’ll be his first Pro-Am appearance since showing up in 2013 wearing among other things mutton-chop sideburns that the Wolverine would be envious of and a red and white polka-dot Smurf hat. Last year, Murray, who’s a 2015 Golden Globe nominee for his roles in ‘St. Vincent’ and ‘Olive Kitteridge’, missed the tournament due to promotional obligations for the film, ‘The Monuments Men.’
So what can we expect of the now 64-year-old? Well, if his past is any indication, who the heck knows?
Here’s a timeline of some of the best Murray moments at the AT&T Pro-Am.
1992–In what was his Pro-Am debut, Murray shows up wearing a Tam O’ Shanter hat, a souvenir from the recent Super Bowl played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. His attire also features a wad of cash sticking out of his shirt collar. “Don’t’ ask,” Murray says. “It’s a side bet.” During his second round at Spyglass Hill, Murray points to his caddie and asks the crowd, “Does anyone understand what this guy is talking about?”
1993–At the end of his third round, Murray takes Monterey resident Kitty Ragsdale and hoists her on his shoulders. Shortly after, the two are spinning in the greenside bunker. They both end up landing in the bunker, Ragsdale with her skirt up in the air. “I was so embarrassed,” Ragsdale tells the press. “I hope my underwear is clean.” Minutes later, Murray rolls in a 50-foot putt on the green to the crowd’s delight. He then takes foursome amateur partner (Chicago Cubs first baseman) Mark Grace by the arm,and the two head back to the bunker. More rolling in the sand ensues. Murray finishes the eventful hole by threatening to yell P-O-T-A-T-O at Vice President Dan Quayle, who’s playing in the group behind.
1994–During his opening round at Spyglass Hill, Murray tips a woman over in her chair. He then grabs her leg and makes her do stretching exercises. Later, on No.12 he lands in a spectator’s lap. In the 16th fairway, he pulls a scorer’s hair. On the green at 16, he misses a three-foot putt, leading him to talk to himself. “I’m no good at all. I’ve got the clothes, but that’s it,” Murray mumbles. Then-PGA Tour commissioner requests that Murray tone down his antics. On Saturday at Pebble Beach, Murray shows that he heard Beman. On the 18th green, using his best Carl ‘Caddyshack” Spackler voice, Murray tells the crowd, “Probably his last putt at the AT&T.” Says his professional partner, Scott Simpson, following play: “There’s a good chance he won’t be back. The whole reason he came here was to have fun.” Later, commissioner Beman scolds Murray, calling his behavior, “inappropriate and detrimental.”Replies Murray to Beman through the press, “He’s trying to ban us from the tournament because it’s too much fun.”
1995–After a sort of threat to pull out of the tournament, Murray ends up returning. He begins his week by announcing his new slogan, “I’m all about golf.” During play, he pulls one autograph seeker by the leg, dragging him into wet grass. Later, he dries a wet ball on the shirt of another spectator. He kisses babies. At Pebble Beach, he nearly aces the 7th hole, leaving his tee shot four feet from the pin. “It’s a net hole-in-one. I’m buying,” Murray tells the gallery. He goes on to make the cut. “You made the cut, what’s next?,” cries one fan. “The Senate,” Murray replies.
1996—After the third round is postponed due to inclement weather, an impromptu celebrity shoot-out transpires. Dressed in denim overalls, Murray on the 14th at Pebble Beach tees off with an exploding ball. He goes on to make par on the hole, sinking an uphill 50-footer. Murray and partner Glen Campbell go on to win the event. When it’s time to hand over the $20,000 winner’s check to Murray and Campbell, AT&T Pro-Am chairman Bob Allen tells Murray, “I can’t believe I’m giving a check to someone dressed like you.” Murray replies, “I can’t believe I’m taking a check from someone like you.”
1997–During the annual Celebrity Challenge, Murray is hounded by a professional autograph seeker. After the autograph seeker repeatedly shoves a color photo of Murray in Murray’s face, Murray gets serious. “I’m going to call the police,” Murray tell the man. The two are eventually separated. “I don’t like professional autograph seekers,” Murray explains. “That’s not what I’m about.” Murray’s outfit of the week is what some call a frog suit—pea soup green pants and a green and blue checkered shirt. On top he adorns a Monterey Fire Department hat.
1998–To kick things off, Murray and pro partner Scott Simpson host the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf clinic. There, Murray hangs around for 30-plus minutes, signing autographs for the kids. Later, in the first round, a woman hands Murray a stuffed teddy bear. Murray takes the bear, whirls around with it and eventually punts it into the delighted crowd.
1999–During the Celebrity Challenge, it’s déjà vu, as spectator Fran East of Fairfield on the 18th at Pebble Beach is tossed into the greenside bunker. East gets a kick out of it all. “He just flung me into the sand,” said a laughing East. “I was surprised.” In the first round, Murray keeps going, holding a boy upside down while at Poppy Hills.
2001–Murray and Fran East meet again. Murray is approached by East, who wants him to sign a copy of his new book, ‘Cinderalla Story.’ Murray asks East, “Did you bring your attorney?”
2002–During the Celebrity Challenge, Murray on the second hole unveils what can only be described as a tie-dye golf bag. Along the way, he stops to hug spectators. Later, in the third round, the serious side of Murray shines through again. During play, he spots 11-year-old Pleasanton resident Sarah Petersen, who has become separated from her parents. “Give her to me, I’ll take care of her,” Murray tells security. Upon taking temporary custody of the girl, Murray takes her up a tree. He then holds a fake auction. Later, on No.8 the girl is re-united with her parents. “Mommy, I climbed a tree with Bill Murray!,” the girl exclaims.
2004–Murray, as can happen, has to skip the AT&T Pro-Am due to filming commitments. Among those feeling his absence is pro partner Scott Simpson. “It was weird,” Simpson said. “There were only three people there clapping. Nobody was yelling while I was hitting.”
2005–Following the Celebrity Challenge, Murray donates his winnings–$14,000–to the budget beleaguered Salinas library system. In his first round, Murray is greeted at Spyglass Hill with a huge sign that reads, ‘Welcome Back’. Later, during his round Murray meets a life-size replica the gopher from ‘Caddyshack.’ The gopher dances to the film’s song ’I’m All Right’ by Kenny Loggins. Murray knocks the gopher down with his putter, exclaiming, “What’s it doing? Oh that’s awful. Make it stop!” Minutes later, Murray brings the gopher back to its feet and hands it to a fan. “I want you to raise him as a Hindu,” Murray tells the fan. Murray and Simpson go on to notch their best finish in the Pro-Am, tying for fourth.
2006–In the Celebrity Challenge, Murray sinks a 90-foot chip on the 18th at Pebble Beach to help him and partner Andy Garcia win. Later, in the second round, Murray on the 9th hole at Spyglass Hill enters a port-a-potty. Upon getting inside and shutting the door, he lets out a huge scream.
2009–Wearing a kimono, Murray misses a three-foot putt in the Celebrity Challenge that enables the team of Michael Bolton and Kevin James to win the title. “It was no good at all,” Murray tells the gallery of his putt. “It’s great to be here but basically…well, I feel like a loser.”
2011— Murray’s name is added to the list of champions at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Murray and pro partner D.A. Points make it an AT&T Pro-Am sweep, as the duo also wins the Pro-Am portion of the tournament with a four-day total of 35-under 251. “I didn’t know what to do with myself. Holy cow, I think I can die now,” says Murray, whose name gets added to plaque that sits behind the first tee box area of the world famous course detailing the list of Pro-Am winners. With his win, Murray becomes the first celebrity to win the Pro-Am crown since Kenny G won in 2001 playing with Phil Mickelson.