Bill Murray says golf, caddying was a great education

Bill Murray says golf, caddying was a great education

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Billy Murray at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
JOHN M. BURGESS

Bill Murray might have played a groundskeeper in Caddyshack, but he knew looping as well.

In an Oct. 8 interview with Howard Stern (transcribed by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob Wolfey), Murray said he started caddying at age 10 and that it was “a great education.” The lifelong golfer said spending long days on the course as a caddie taught him work ethic, social skills and respect. 

“You learned a lot about how you wanted to be treated,” Murray said. “And you learned how to treat people by seeing how these people treated you.”

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Murray told Stern he has met a lot of extraordinary people through golf.

“People dismiss golf as, oh, a bunch of men chasing this silly little ball,” said Murray. “But it’s not that. It’s a game really of self-report and there are codes of behavior and honor about it.”

Murray has become a crowd favorite by playing various pro-am tournaments year after year, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which he won with D.A. Points in 2011, and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He said owes his skill at the game — if not his wacky outfits — to many years of being on the bag. 

“I’m better than most people, as it turns out,” Murray said. “I’m pretty good. I’m sort of a single-digit golfer.”

This article was originally posted on Oct. 16, 2014.

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