Next Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of Tin Cup, arguably the greatest golf movie of all time. If you’d like to argue that claim, by all means do in the Comments section below.
Despite that stature, Kevin Costner told Hutch in 2009, when he was at Glen Abbey for the Mike Weir Charity Classic prior to the RBC Canadian Open that year, that the role of driving range pro Roy McAvoy “ruined my life.”
You can read that story here.
It also gave golf some memorable lines, since the big dog first ate and Costner’s character, with help from his sidekick caddie Romeo (Cheech Marin) took on arch-rival David Simms (Don Johnson) for the affections of Dr. Molly Griswold (Rene Russo) and the U.S. Open.
Here are a few memorable lines:
Roy: “Greatness courts failure.”
Roy: “Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at them.”
Roy: “This is for (Ken) Venturi who thinks I should lay up.”
Romeo: “What does he know? He only won this tournament before you were born.”
Roy: “Keep shooting pars, asshole.”
David: “I’ll take 18 of them, all day long.”
Roy: “Do it and I’ll own you.”
Molly: “Doreen, how did he get the name Tin Cup?”
Doreen: “Oh, he was the catcher on the high school baseball team. The star pitcher had a big-league curve… not all of his pitches hit Roy in the mitt – Ouch. The team thought Tin Cup was a whole lot better than Clank.”
Roy’s pal Earl about Roy: “Well, the words `normal’ and `him’ don’t often collide in the same sentence.”
Finally, Roy’s classic explanation of the golf swing:
Roy: “Well, I tend to think of the golf swing as a poem.”
Romeo: “Ooh, he’s doing that poetry thing again.”
Roy: “The critical opening phrase of this poem will always be the grip, which the hands unite to form a single unit by the simple overlap of the little finger. Lowly and slowly, the club head is led back, pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body, which turns away from the target, shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything, perfection unobtainable, as the body coils down at the top of the swing. There’s a slight hesitation. A little nod to the gods.”
Molly: “A nod to the gods?”
Roy: “Yeah, to the gods. That he is fallible. That perfection is unobtainable. And now the weight begins shifting back to the left, pulled by the powers inside the earth. It’s alive, this swing! A living sculpture and down through contact, always down, striking the ball crisply, with character. A tuning fork goes off in your heart and your balls. Such a pure feeling is the well-struck golf shot. Now the follow through to finish. Always on line. The reverse C of the Golden Bear. The steelworkers’ power and brawn of Carl Sandburg’s Arnold Palmer!”
Roy’s pal Clint: “He’s doing the Arnold Palmer thing.”
Roy: “End the unfinished symphony of Roy McAvoy.”
Click Play below for a trailer that will bring back memories: