July 29, 2021

The most popular golf movies of all time

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Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world, having many players and fans in English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), in the Scandinavian ones (Sweden, Denmark, Finland), or in the German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland or Austria).

There are dozens of millions of players worldwide, a lot of money involved and so many fans, so is no wonder the big popularity. Also, some say that playing golf may even help you live longer.

One of the most important tournaments is the US Open, which is played since the end of the nineteenth century, traditionally in mid-June. This year’s edition was postponed for September, due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find the odds on Unibet, with Rory Mcllroy being the favorite (+800). The second is Brooks Koepka (+1000), followed by Dustin Johnson (+1100) and Jon Rahm (+1200).

Being such a popular game made golf enjoy so many movies, from great directors and with great actors. Here is a list of 6 most famous movies about golf:

6. Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)

The movie tells the true story of the golf legend Bobby Jones, who became famous in the 1920s, and then retired in 1930, at just 28 years of age. Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, had the lead role in this movie. Claire Forlani, Malcolm McDowell and Aidan Quinn are part of this drama’s cast. Bobby Jones was the only golf player to win all four of the men’s major golf championships in a single season.

5. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

Another biopic drama on this list is the story of the American Francis Ouimet, played by Shia LaBeouf. At 20 years, in the 1913 US Open, he played against his idol, the Englishman Harry Vardon. Vardon, played by actor Stephen Dillane, won the US Open in 1900 and he was 23 years older than Ouimet. Bill Paxton is the director and we will not tell the outcome of the match.

4. Tin Cup (1996)

Academy Awards winner Kevin Costner plays the golfer in this drama-comedy-romance movie, in which he wants to win the heart of a girl, played by Rene Russo. The movie stars also Don Johnson. Costner’s character, Roy McAvoy, qualifies for the US Open, and the story goes on from there. Some even view it as the top golf movie ever.

3. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

And then there’s this movie, with Will Smith in the role of Bagger Vance, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. A drama with fantasy in it, the movie is about one golf player (Damon) who gets help from a mystical figure (Smith). This way, the fictional golfer gets to play even with Bobby Jones, the movie being set during the Great Depression. The director is the Academy Award winner Robert Redford.

2. Happy Gilmore (1996)

With Adam Sandler as the main character, you definitely will expect a comedy. And this is it – he plays the role of a rejected hockey player who turns to golf in an attempt to save his grandmother’s house. Happy Gilmore decides then to try his luck in the pro circuit, but he lacks the etiquette. The movie is also considered by many as being the best when it comes to golf. And it features Ben Stiller too.

1. Caddyshack (1980)

But our pick for the greatest golf movie is Caddyshack. Also a comedy, it has Bill Murray and Chevy Chase in the distribution. The movie is a classic, with memorable lines, and it is centered on the Bushwood Country Club.

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