If you’re a baseball fan, “Field of Dreams” is the Kevin Costner movie you’ll remember, but for those who follow the small ball, “Tin Cup” rivals Caddyshack among the all-time great golf movies.
As fondly as golf fans remember washed-up golf pro Roy McAvoy, played by Costner, the star of the 1996 classic has a different take on Tin Cup.
“Tin Cup ruined my life,” said Costner, who joined Michael Jordan and scores of other celebrities at the Mike Weir Charity Classic on Monday at Glen Abbey, where the RBC Canadian Open gets underway on Thursday.
That statement will hardly earn Costner honourary membership in the Canadian PGA, but playing an underdog who falls just short of winning the U.S. Open tends to place unrealistic expectations on a guy who usually just plays the odd charity event such as the one on Monday.
I guess I’m just a guilty after suggesting last month that Open organizers give Costner a dozen balls on the 18th at Glen Abbey and see how many times he can clear the water with a three-wood as he did in the finale of Tin Cup.
Hollywood endings tend to distort reality when the fact is that Costner is an estimated 14 handicap. “I don’t play enough to even keep up with it,” said Costner.
“The few times that I actually do play golf, it feels like it’s in front of like a billion people. I don’t really practice. I don’t play unless a friend asks me.
“It’s a great game, but it has never been my particular passion, so people are gigantically disappointed,” he said.
“I can hear them whisper, going `He’s not very good.’ I can hear that. Even though there’s a rope, it doesn’t block the sound, but my wife makes sure I dress okay,” said Costner, who said he felt no pressure going into the Weir event.
“I don’t feel challenged at all. I’m lucky I’m on time. I feel really good about that,” he said, adding that playing with Gary McCord and Peter Kostis helped prepare him for the Tin Cup role, but “I could only absorb so much.
“You just have to figure out how to conduct yourself out there,” he said. “Since I was playing a drunk, it didn’t really matter.”