Farrelly Brothers At AT&T Pro-Am, But Don’t Look for Golf Version of ‘Kingpin’
February 12, 2015
The only bad news for fans of the Farrelly brothers was that they weren’t out there doing research with plans for a future film.
Screenwriters and directors Peter and Bob Farrelly, whose 11 films include thecomedy classics ‘Dumb and Dumber’, ‘Kingpin’, ‘There’s Something About Mary’ and ‘Me, Myself and Irene’, were at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on Thursday as the duo made their debut in the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Having explored the alleys of bowling in ‘Kingpin’ and having touched on baseball in ‘Fever Pitch’, one had to wonder if the Farrelly brothers were perhaps thinking about bringing their brand of comedy to golf.
Alas, the two said that while golf is a subject they’d like to have fun with, they won’t go that way. Why? Because an all-time great golf comedy already exists.
“The problem with making a golf comedy is that we haven’t figured out anything funnier than ‘Caddyshack,’” Bobby Farrelly said. “That set the bar.”
“Yeah, Caddyshack put the nail on golf comedies,” added Peter.
The duo still got in some laughs during their day at Spyglass, as evidenced by one of their caddies, who was adorned in a camouflage army helmet just in case one of the two (or another amateur for that matter) hit a wayward shot.
Paired with professionals Richard S. Johnson and 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman, Bobby is playing as a 9-handicap index, while Peter is competing as a 16.
Not surprisingly, there’s also a little wager riding between the two.
“Sure, we’ve got a little side action going, just for fun. Just a dinner,” Peter said.
“It’s not the dinner that is going to break him. It’s the drinks afterwards,” replied Bobby.
While they’re both AT&T Pro-Am newbies, the two didn’t have to look too far to get some tips on playing in the tournament. Prior to the event, the brothers hooked up with ‘Kingpin’ and ‘Caddyshack’ star Bill Murray, who won the Pro-Am in 2011. In ‘Kingpin’, Murray plays the role of Ernie McCracken (or Mr. McCracken if you’re Roy Munson).
“Bill gave us some pointers. He’s a good player though,” Peter said.
“He told us that he was here one year and a tree fell down. Everyone was running away as the tree was falling except for one guy who was passed out drunk. He said everyone was running around screaming like, ‘Ahhh!’ All except for the one guy passed out,” Bobby said.
On Friday, the two will be at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Peter has already played the course. Bobby, meanwhile, labeled himself “a Pebble virgin.”
“I hear it’s an okay golf course,” Bobby sarcastically said.
Following the AT&T Pro-Am, the two will get back to work. This time though, on separate projects.