Thursday, October 9, 2008

Now on the Tee...

While out on the PGA TOUR, I've heard many a player's name pronounced incorrectly on the first tee. These innocent blunders by the volunteer announcers actually provide some of the more comical moments from my life on the road.

Watching 2008 rookie Dustin Johnson win his first TOUR event last week at the Turning Stone Resort Championship reminded me of a harmless goof from earlier this year. Right before Dustin started his final round at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, the first tee announcer bellowed out, "Now on the tee, from South Carolina, Dustin HOFFMAN!"

The gallery began to laugh loudly, and as I stood beside him (snickering) on the tee, Dustin asked me,"Why is that so funny? So he mixed up my name with Charley Hoffman's...no big deal."

"Haven't you heard of Dustin Hoffman?" I asked.

"Oh yeah, I think so. Sure." He didn't seem too confident. I guess I need to cut Dustin some slack...he wasn't even born when Kramer vs. Kramer and Tootsie were hits, and he was only four years old when Rain Man was released. But he has to know about the Fokkers, right?

Stay tuned for more interesting "first tee fumbles"!


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