European Tour players have been sharing some of their most memorable stories from life on Tour
Most of us will have a go to story that we tell, and it's no different for professional golfers. From a monkey stealing binoculars to pranking a caddie and the reason for the name behind Lee Westwood's race horse 'Augusta Kate', watch below as players share some of their most memorable stories.
In the first of our Tour Tales, the Ryder Cup Captain tells the story of how a monkey got the better of a pair of his binoculars while he was playing at Saujana.
Introducing #TourTales...— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 24, 2020
1. Share a memorable story from life on Tour
2. Nominate fellow pros to tell their #TourTales
3. Sit back and enjoy #TourTales
Thanks to @padraig_h for starting us off. Over to you @shanelowrygolf, @WestwoodLee, @Garymurphy! pic.twitter.com/WKwecrvtzp
Ever wondered why the racing horse Lee Westwood owns as part of a syndicate is called Augusta Kate? It turns out it has a lot to do with one of his co-owners, Ant McPartlin, and the time he came to the Masters as Westwood's guest.
On his 39th birthday, Gary Murphy wanted to be alone after shooting an 82 during the third round of 2011 Portugal Masters, knowing it was an 'end of career moment'. Here he explains the moment a young Irish lad made sure he didn't forget about it.
Ian Poulter delivers a brilliant tale of how he managed to pull off a big practical joke on his caddie Terry Mundy, with a little help from physio Kam Bhabra.
In his Tour Tale, reigning Open Championship winner Shane Lowry recalls the time Henrik Stenson gave him a quick witted retort when they were both getting physio before their rounds.
Recalling a time when he was playing with an angry Jamie Donaldson, Mike Lorenzo-Vera shares his story on why you shouldn't try and take out your rage on the course when it's been raining and you're wearing white trousers.
Teeing off by himself in the first group on the Sunday of the 2006 Scottish Open, Nicolas Colsaerts played his round in just one hour and 47 minutes. The moral of this particular story? Don't bet against him.
Tony Johnstone was a rookie when he made the cut at the 1980 Scandinavian Open, but he had a rather unfortunate start to his final round thanks to the antics from his roommate and fellow professional David Stratton, who had decided to go out on the Saturday night 'to drown his sorrows'. And as Johnstone puts it, Stratton made 'an incredibly good job of' doing just that.
Sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do, and in Paul Dunne's case that means sneaking in to someone's house mid round to use their toilet.
Thanks @shanelowrygolf for the #Tourtales nomination. I know it’s a 💩 story but sometime it just is what it is! Next up @ryanfoxgolfer @alexlevygolf83 @brandonmstone let’s see what you got lads! @europeantour #Tourtales pic.twitter.com/HW20hVmiv3— Paul Dunne (@dunners11) March 25, 2020
The last thing you want to do is forget the face of a player you've met a few times and tell him to his face how bad his round was, but that's exactly what happened to Lucas Herbert's coach in this memorable story.
It turns out the former Masters champion might be even more dangerous on the course after a heavy Saturday night out. And if that story isn't enough for you, Willett also recalls the time someone recognised him in an airport... as a character from Game of Thrones.
David Howell / Henrik Stenson
A word of caution: Don't make travel plans with David Howell, and keep your balcony doors closed around Henrik Stenson.
Remembering back to the early years of his career, Justin Rose recalls how a young Ian Poulter would constantly be bringing back things he'd forgotten, and the time Mark Roe pranked him at the dining table.