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Bill Murray is being interviewed about his obsession with golf before the Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

There's no voting or politics in golf. It's just you, your ball and your scorecard. If I happened to win at Pebble Beach--did I just say that?--that would be great.

What's your handicap and your club?
I'm a 16 at Sleepy Hollow, up in Westchester [N.Y.]. Won one tournament there, and got a trophy--Headless Horseman. Figures. Best score ever: 79.

You're a better player than you let on, aren't you?
Most people see me at Pebble Beach, and it's hard to play there, because I feel an obligation to entertain. That gets in the way of my golf, which is OK, but I don't get in the way of anybody else's game. Even Tom Watson's? Never talked to him about what he said, that I was bad for the game. And don't plan to. First time I played with Scott Simpson, who comes off as pretty serious, he said to me, "This is the best time I've ever had on a golf course." Made me feel so good. Take that, Watson.

You're the PGA Tour commissioner for a day. What do you do?
The tour is a juggernaut. But there's a reason why people flock to see Sergio Garcia. Yeah, "These Guys Are Good." How about, "These Guys Are Good and Fun."?

You still get the "Caddyshack" treatment?
Yeah, at times. People I play with at the club are fine. They treat me like I'm normal. But caddies give it to me. I don't understand it. I caddied for eight years. I love the game, I know the rules and respect the etiquette. Just because I wear overalls sometimes in bad weather . . .

Would you consider doing a sequel to "Caddyshack"?
You missed it, too? They did one, and I passed on it.

What's the second-best golf movie ever made--"Tin Cup"?
"Goldfinger." . . . "Tin Cup"?

What's doing with the Murrays?
My brothers Brian, Joel and John and I are doing four shows for Comedy Central in April. We go to different resorts and play golf.

You don't want to become a celebrity golfer?
On that tour, the celebrity tour, they're having less fun than anybody. Really grim. Former athletes trying to be something they aren't--real golfers. First of all, unless you're Charles Barkley, you have to have a low handicap. I don't want to go just to go--I want to have fun. I go to Pebble Beach to have fun, but I also think I can win. Did I just say that again?

Bill Murray.William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American comedian, producer, film director, and actor. He was raised in Wilmette, Illinois and graduated from Loyola Academy. With an invitation from his older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill got his start with Second City Chicago whose cast roster at the time also included John Candy and David Rasche (later of Sledge Hammer fame). The improvisational troupe was a perfect fit for Murray's clever dry wit and ad-libbing, which Murray later revisited the troupe with the TV special Bill Murray Live From the Second City (1980).

Murray initially rose to prominence as a cast member of and a writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live television series from 1977 to 1980. He had previously been a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, aired nationally on some 600 stations between 1973 and 1975. Other cast members included John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray. Former SNL writer Margaret Oberman has said Murray and Eddie Murphy are the two most talented people in the history of the show.

Most of his roles have been comedic, featuring Murray's dry wit. However, he has also played serious (or at least semi-serious) roles in films such as Mad Dog and Glory, The Razor's Edge, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Broken Flowers. He also garnered considerable acclaim (an Academy Awards nomination, and Golden Globes and BAFTA awards) as the lead in the 2003 film Lost in Translation. One of Murray's most recognised roles is that of Peter Venkman from the Ghostbusters movies, a role originally intended for John Belushi, who died before production began.

Murray is the fifth of nine children in a large, Irish Catholic family. Three of Murray's siblings are also actors: John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray. All four Murray brothers appeared in the 1988 film Scrooged. He is a partner with his brothers in Murray Bros. Caddy Shack, a restaurant chain in Florida and South Carolina that is managed by a former chief operating officer of the Hard Rock Cafe. The chain's theme reflects both Murray's memorable performance as the Carl the groundskeeper in the 1980 film Caddyshack and his longtime love of golf. Murray is an avid golfer who often plays in celebrity tournaments.

Most recently Murray starred in the critically acclaimed, Jim Jarmusch-directed adult comedy Broken Flowers. In 2005 he announced that he would take a break from acting, as he had not had the time since his new breakthrough in the late-1990s. At the height of his fame in the mid-1980s, following Ghostbusters, Murray took off four years to study French at the Sorbonne.

Murray co-authored the 1999 book Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf, part autobiography and part essay on his love of golf. Very detached from the Hollywood scene (he doesn't have an agent or manager), Murray has homes in Los Angeles and upstate New York.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

November 12, 2005

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