We haven’t heard much from Danny Noonan since he sank the putt that beat Judge Smails and Dr Beeper at Bushwood all those years ago. The plan was to attend law school at St. Copious, but maybe golf hustling got in the way? By the time we returned to Bushwood in 1988, Noonan was nowhere to be found.
But Noonan – or Michael O’Keefe, who played him in the iconic 1980 comedy Caddyshack – is back on the bag, at least for a few days. He got a job looping for Danny Balin during practice rounds for this week’s US Open at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, NY.
O’Keefe, who’s 63 and still keeping plenty busy as an actor, grew up a short distance away from Winged Foot in Larchmont, and spent a few years caddying at the club in the early 1970s. He also got some emergency golf lessons from the club’s pro staff after bluffing about his golf skills to get the Caddyshack role. Plus, O’Keefe’s brother would eventually become a member and serve as club president. So this isn’t just a lark for O’Keefe, who has plenty of knowledge to offer about a Winged Foot course that’s set up to be a brutal test this week.
“The 5000-yard ninth hole will blow everyone’s mind, not because it’s long, but because it’s straight. After eight holes of doglegs, that long stark, straight tunnel will be unnerving,” O’Keefe wrote earlier this month in laying out his caddie qualifications for Golf.com.