The story behind Dangerfield’s famous Caddyshack line

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield didn’t play golf, but his wife says he’d be thrilled that his humor is the centerpiece of a campaign to speed up play on courses throughout the country.

“My golf game is getting real good. Last week, I got through the windmill.” — Rodney Dangerfield

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield didn’t play golf, but his wife says he’d be thrilled that his humor is the centerpiece of a campaign to speed up play on courses across the country. One reason Dangerfield didn’t play, even though he was intrigued by the sport, was because it took too much time, Joan Dangerfield says.

“Rodney was, I’m sure you can tell, a really keyed-up kind of anxious guy. So it was actually the pace of play — the very, very thing this campaign is addressing — that kind of made him golf-phobic or teed him off against the game,” she told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview from Los Angeles.

In the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack, Dangerfield played Al Czervik, a boisterous tycoon who rattled the pretentious members of Bushwood Country Club with, among other things, a golf bag equipped with a beer tap. In one scene, Czervik is irked that Judge Elihu Smails, played by the late Ted Knight, is taking so long to hit a shot.

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