PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Bill Murray arrives at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am just in time to rescue us from ourselves.
All the squabbling in the game this young season is giving me a headache.
Tiger Woods doesn’t owe anyone an apology except his wife . . . Phil Mickelson violated the spirit of the rules playing a Ping Eye 2 wedge . . . Anthony Kim betrayed his La Quinta community skipping the Bob Hope Classic . . . . Michael Sim and Tim Clark showed no nerve laying up with tournaments to be won . . . John Daly’s claim he was “done” with golf was a publicity stunt.
When did the PGA Tour set up its headquarters at Bushwood Country Club? The ultra serious nature of tournament golf this season would make Judge Smails proud. You can almost hear his spirit in our derisively stuffy exchanges.
Danny, I’m having a party this weekend. Would you like to come over and mow my lawn?
There’s a place for Murray in the game, if only to make us look in the mirror and see if Judge Smails is looking back at us.
Or, in the words of the Dalai Lama, as Murray once gave them to us, “Gunga galunga . . . gunga, gunga-galunga.”