Work Gets in the Way of Fun: Bill Murray to Miss AT&T
There may be a Cinderella story at the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but it won’t involve fan favorite, Bill Murray.
The comedian/actor/respectable golfer will be absent from this year’s festivities due to a scheduling conflict, event organizers said: he’s busy promoting his latest film, The Monuments Men, which is scheduled for national release this Friday.
Since 1992, his Pro-Am debut, Murray has made himself into an AT&T icon, appearing on-and-off (but mostly on) for more than two decades, most often alongside Tour veteran Scott Simpson.
Along the way, he has tossed fans into bunkers, threatened to taunt Dan Quayle by yelling P-O-T-A-T-O during his backswing, and earned a rebuke from former PGA Tour commissioner Dean Beman, who, in 1994, summoned his inner-Scrooge and called Murray’s antics “inappropriate and detrimental.”
Murray’s retort: “He’s trying to ban us from the tournament because it’s too much fun.”
For all the goofing off, Murray has also been party to some serious golf, as in 2011, when he and D.A. Points claimed the pro-am competition. It was Murray’s first win in the event. Oh, yeah: Points won the pro division, too.