How the Actor Got an AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Partner

Thirty years in the past, the odd couple of comic Invoice Murray and PGA Tour professional Scott Simpson joined forces to develop into an unforgettable duo on the AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am.

Simpson, who’s in his sophomore yr as a males’s golf coach on the College of Hawaii, remembers this Golf Week On the Sony Open in Hawaii, the story of how their partnership got here to fruition. The wonderful half about it’s that apparently nobody needed to play Murray besides Simpson of all folks.

As Simpson tells it, Murray had performed the earlier yr within the professional with skilled John Adams. Simpson recalled watching on tv Murray’s antics with the honest and thought they had been hilarious, however when Adams was requested, “How is it to play with the fun-loving Murray”, he complained that he discovered it distracting and was unable to give attention to his recreation.

“He stated, ‘It’s not likely enjoyable,’” Simpson recalled, “or one thing.” I went to the golf course afterward and Peter Jacobsen, who performed for years with actor Jack Lemmon, is there and I stated to him, “Peter, are you able to think about that John Adams says this is not enjoyable? That is probably the most enjoyable you possibly can have on a golf course, enjoying with Invoice Murray. He stated, “Scott, you must play with him subsequent yr.” My caddy was Jim McKay, Bones – he was carrying a bag Lee earlier than Phil Mickelson. I taught him the whole lot. He bagged my buddy Larry Mise first – and Bones stated, ‘Inform him you wish to play for Murray subsequent yr.’ Truly, when Bones left me for Mickelson – that was nice, you already know. I used to be pleased. Often because he is received this very proficient man who’s going to do nice issues. He says, “However there’s one factor I need, one factor I’ll ask you, I wish to come along with your group with Invoice Murray subsequent yr.” Though he was working for Phil, he It labored for me at Pebble.”

Scott Simpson strains a birdie on the 18th gap through the ultimate spherical of the 2006 Boeing Championship at Sandestin. (Jason Parkhurst)

Jacobsen and Mackay talked Simpson into writing a letter to match officers demanding that he play Murray. On paper, it appeared like a mismatch with Simpson, an everyday at weekly Bible research conferences, who’s too demure for a Murray schtick on the course. However two weeks earlier than the match the next yr, officers requested Simpson if he nonetheless needed to play for Murray.

“Completely,” Simpson stated. “No person needed to play with him, and I simply thought, what, I do not care what I am filming. That is going to be probably the most enjoyable week on the planet. I did not care. As a result of I received a entrance row seat. He’d lower it to folks and other people would begin clapping as a result of they knew it was him.” He’ll come to them, and rightly so.

That they had these girls making cookies for all of the executives at AT&T. He’d go, ‘Can I’ve a kind of?’ Oh, certain, Mr. Murray. Subsequent factor you already know he is grabbing an entire bunch of them and throwing them to the folks on the present. As soon as at Spyglass, he goes to the Ben & Jerry’s vendor cart and identical factor: ‘Can I’ve a kind of? After all.’ Subsequent factor you already know he tosses one to everybody on the present, ‘Hey, you seem like Cherry Garcia.’ He unloads it. , and the man who had the Ben & Jerry’s factor there, he was in shock and stated, “Oh, my God, I needed him to have one, however oh, no, I’ll lose cash.” Murray left him like $500. He simply went over there and gave him $500. Simply issues like that.”

Simpson had a lot enjoyable that first yr that he continued to enroll to play with Murray yr after yr.

“I stated, ‘You’ll be able to play with another person, you already know.'” He stated, “Oh, no, we now have to win it.” He says: We now have two guidelines. We’ll have probably the most enjoyable and we’ll win. “We have all the time achieved at the least one objective,” Simpson stated.

Simpson and Murray, who performed collectively 13 occasions between 1993 and 2007, completed tied for fourth within the pro-am division (2004), however did not take dwelling the {hardware}. (Simpson gained the 2006 PGA Tour Champions First Tee Open with Murray as his associate.)

He lastly gained DA factors (in 2011), went on David Letterman’s present, and Letterman went to him, ‘So, Invoice, you gained the golf match there, proper?’ “Oh, sure, Dave. Massive deal. He says, “, my DA associate gained the professional, however the massive information is we (the professional) gained.” Letterman says, “Did not you play with one other man a very long time?” He says, “Yeah, Dave, I performed with this man named Scott Simpson for about 14 years.” He put me down, Dave. He put me down. Then he seems into the digicam, “And you already know you probably did,” Simpson remembers with fun. That was so traditional. ‘ you probably did’. Geez. Good enjoyable.”

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