Happy 79th birthday to Chi Chi Rodriguez!
Chi Chi was, and is, a showman, but he could play. He’s a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, was a PGA Tour winner eight times and had 22 wins on the Champions Tour. He also won two majors: the 1986 Senior Players Championship and the 1987 Senior PGA Championship.
And yet the lasting memories of Chi Chi involve his humor, which he flashes with his trademark sword dance after sinking big putts and with his sharp wit. Example:
“After all these years, it's still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye.”
In this video, watch for that same wit after Chi Chi attempts to break a plane of glass with an iron shot only to have the ball return to sender and jar Chi Chi’s family jewels a bit. It’s spontaneous, sophomoric humor, but it’s a hoot.