Jordan Spieth, the PGA tour pro and No. 1-ranked Official World Golf Rankings leader for 112 weeks dazzled fans with a Happy Gilmore-inspired tee off, where he took a running start at a swing, somewhat akin to a hockey-style slap shot, on Sunday at the Grapefruit Pro-Am held at the Vero Country Club, according to Golf. Spieth was said to be on hand to support the event with which his friend, singer Jake Owen, is also involved.
Happy Gilmore was a 1996 film about a character of the same name played by Adam Sandler, according to IMDb. In the film, Sandler plays a talented but raw hockey player who needs to raise money to help his grandmother out of financial difficulties. In the course of his grandmothers’ belongings being repossessed, Gilmore is invited to participate in a golf challenge. He soon earns $40 and learns that he can consistently hit drives over 400 yards.
Though Happy Gilmore was reportedly profitable, earning $38.6 million at the box office on an estimated budget of $12 million, people tend to have either a love or hate relationship with Adam Sandler.
“Those who enjoy Adam Sandler’s schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don’t, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable,” the Critics Consensus with regard to Happy Gilmore at Rotten Tomatoes reads. Fans of the film on the website give Happy Gilmore a 60 percent fresh rating. Users at IMDb rate the film 7 out of 10.
Happy Gilmore is also noteworthy because of a ridiculous scene depicting a fight between Adam Sandler as Gilmore and Bob Barker, the elderly former host of The Price Is Right, who appears in an hilarious cameo. The following Happy Gilmore clips contain some mild NSFW language.
Jordan Spieth is 22-years-old and lives in Dallas, Texas, when he’s not touring with the PGA. He first joined the pro tour in 2012, according to the Dallas News. The publication also reported on Spieth’s 2013 sponsorship with Under Armour.
Spieth turned pro during his sophomore year at the University of Texas, after being named the Big 12 Player of the Year for 2011 – 2012.
The world ratings leader has won six PGA Tour events, including the 2015 PGA Masters Tournament and 2015 U.S. Open. In 2015 alone, Jordan Spieth has been the recipient of several awards, including the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, the Vardon Trophy, the Byron Nelson Award, the PGA Tour Leading Money Winner award, the FedEx Cup Champion, and the Byron Nelson Award. In 2013, Spieth was presented with the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award.
Others comparisons are made between Spieth and Tiger Woods: each are the only ones to ever win more than one U.S. amateur golf title; each took commanding leads on the pro tour, dominating the sport of golf. Tiger Woods, however, did not dazzle fans with Jordan Spieth-Happy Gilmore swings. One thing shared by both golfers is a level of confidence seldom seen, even among professional athletes — Spieth’s Happy Gilmore swing seems to illustrate this tenacity well.
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