The 82nd US Masters kicks off this week at Augusta National and that means we will be in for a few late nights to see if an Aussie can walk away with the famed green jacket.
The Masters has a special place in many Aussie hearts ever since golf legend Greg Norman crashed and burned in 1996 blowing a six-stroke lead to Nick Faldo. The last Aussie to be fitted for the fabled green jacket was Queensland Adam Scott in 2013.
It’s been a long time between drinks for Aussies and while Jason Day represents Australia’s best hope we thought these fictional golf moments might inspire your swing as we get ready for the main event.
Lost in Translation
Bill Murray plays actor Bob Harris as he looks down the fairway of the first tee of the Kawaguchiko Country Club in Tokyo.
No words are needed with Mt Fuji in the background and a perfect shot off the first tee.
A poor man’s Top Gun, no words are necessary as Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn embarrass themselves on the course to the musical stylings of Thin Lizzy.
Unlike Bill Murray, these unfortunate group of actors have the golfing ability of children.
One of the oldest gold scenes on celluloid, James Bond goes up against Goldfinger at the Stoke Park Golf Club.
Bond and Goldfinger play for a gold bar, with Goldfinger’s henchman Oddjobs doing as much as he can to help his boss win.
No reference list is complete without giving The Simpsons a mention. Homer Simpson turns out to be adept on the fairway and he challenges his boss, Mr Burns to a game of golf in an attempt to win a pay rise.
While an ex-NHL wannabe turned golf-pro may be the hero, it’s the villain that is worth watching.
I look forward to the day that Tiger Woods breaks out this celebration on the 18th green as he wins another green jacket. Shooter McGavin’s celebration has to rank as one of the great moments in sports movie history.
Bill Murray makes the cut again along with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.
Both Jordan and Bird are seasoned golfers and Murray has the Pebble Beach Pro-Am title that he picked up in 2011. Bugs Bunny gives the assist to MJ with the magnet to help the former Chicago Bulls legend knock in his first hole-in-one.
Caddy Shack remains the Arnold Palmer of golfing films. The classic golfing comedy launched the career of Rodney Dangerfield and of course, features Bill Murray. Considered by many to be the best-golfing movie of all time, the classic comedy inspired a sequel.
Kevin Costner plays Roy McAvoy, a former pro looking for golfing redemption at the US Open. McAvoy who is contention for the title with his rival on the final hole looks to make it onto the 18th green in two shots.
After hitting five balls into the water McAvoy is determined to make it across with his last ball and take his place in US-Open folklore and give us one of the best endings in sports movies since Robert Redford home run in The Natural.