The most memorable tee shot in golf – fictional or otherwise – was on the links Tuesday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of “Happy Gilmore.”
Adam Sandler took to social media with his patented golf shot to celebrate his movie about a hockey player who couldn’t skate but a monster drive. He joins the PGA tour to make some money to save grandma’s house, and the rest is cinematic history.
The swing got the attention of fans everywhere, and, of course, a couple of co-stars.
Christopher McDonald, who played Shooter McGavin, responded to the video with one of his own. If you remember, it was “Shooter’s tour.”
Happy loves you all! Thanks for everything! pic.twitter.com/p1aY9JcFWh— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) February 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Ben Stiller – who played an uncredited role as an orderly – also chimed in.
“That’s a beautiful swing Mr. Gilmore,” he tweeted. “Congrats on your anniversary, and being such a loving grandson. So happy to be a small part of taking good care of her during her “golden years.”
Gilmore, as you recall, endorsed “Subway” in an attempt to save his grandmother’s house. The franchise took the opportunity to remind people of its place in the movie. McDonald, in true Shooter fashion, clapped back.
The comedy was a box office success, grossing more than $41 million, three times its budget of $12 million.
Julie Bowen – who played Virginia Venit, the Pro Golf Tour public relations director – recently told Yahoo! she didn’t have high expectations for the movie.
“At the time I just thought, ‘Oh, no one will ever see this,’” Bowen said. “And I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.
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