Matthew McConaughey proved Sunday night, when he took home the Oscar for best actor in his role as Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyers Club," that the star of "Magic Mike" is more than just a pretty face.
It would seem, after he received an invitation from the University of Texas men’s golf team to tee it up with the Longhorns, that the Lone Star State native who's also racking up kudos for his gritty performance in HBO's "True Detective" and is on every Hollywood producer’s must-have list is also a heck of a golfer and in demand for his links skills as well as his acting chops.
Monday, the day after McConaughey’s big night in LA, the golf squad issued a standing invitation for the former "Fall Medalist Champion" to play a round with Jordan Spieth’s erstwhile band of golfing brothers whenever he’s in the neighborhood.
The team’s tweet may not have croaked Twitter, as Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie did on Sunday, but it has garnered a ton of interest in the golf game of the purported single-digit handicapper who claims to have knocked in four aces, according to GolfChannel.com’s Bailey Mosier.
McConaughey was not the only thespian at Sunday’s Academy Awards with a link to golf. Bill Murray, the unofficial king of Pebble Beach who had to skip last month’s AT&T National Pro-Am because of work, paid tribute to the late Harold Ramis, who collaborated with Murray on the best golf movie ever made, "Caddyshack," among other films.
During his co-presentation (with Amy Adams) for best cinematography, "Carl Spackler" went off-script to pay homage to Ramis, who passed away last month.
"Oh, and we forgot one," said the wild-haired 2011 Pebble Beach champion (alongside PGA Tour pro D.A. Points). "Harold Ramis, for 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'Groundhog Day.'"
Later that night, Murray made the scene with a cadre of "Saturday Night Live" grads as well as Adam Scott -- the comedian, not the reigning Masters champ. Amy Poehler’s "Parks and Rec" co-star made that clear during a post-Augusta gig on Conan last April, during which he begrudgingly went along with the gag and slipped into his own green jacket.
And for more on McConaughey’s views on "golf liife," and his opinion that "I don’t think there’s ever going to be a Michael Jordan of golf" (though Tiger Woods might quibble with that particular remark), check out his 2009 interview with sports broadcasting aficionado Ann Liguori: