“You Say It’s Bill’s Birthday …. We’re Gonna Have A Good Time"

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Bill Murray is taking his 69th trip around the sun, which is something William Murray Golf wanted to honor in next-level fashion this September. 

Months back when brainstorming this monumental event, someone tied to the brand mentioned Bill’s birthday being“Bigger than the Super Bowl”—which sparked a quick conversation about the post-game ads, where fans could immediately order their “Officially Licensed Commemorative Super Bowl Apparel” before the post-game confetti had even hit the floor. 

It got us wondering,“What if we made an official Bill Murray 69th birthday commemorative t-shirt for the event?” 

With that, the concept ofLXIXwas born—the number 69 in Roman Numerals, for the savages out there—and our wink-and-a-nod to the man, the myth, the Murray and all things irreverent.

Knowing Bill would find himself celebrating his Welcome-To-Earth day here, there and everywhere throughout the month, with various friends and family—we crafted a handful of limited edition shirts for him to share with all those good folks in he knows and loves. 

Unbeknownst to us, a handful of quality people who got their hands on the highly-coveted shirts took the time to send in their official birthday wishes; a handful of them we strung together here in this compilation video. 

Bill being Bill; he made sure to squirrel away a few of the apparel boxes we gave him and sent them back to Austin a few days back—much to our surprise. Inside the box, a simple-yet-poignant handwritten note:

“What about the people who have been buying our golf line for the past few years? Are they not our friends, as well? Put a few up on the website and see if anybody’s interested. They deserve to be in on this.” 

Bill forward-thinking ways resulted in us adding what leftover shirts we have to WilliamMurrayGolf.com—but know this; these will go quick and there currently aren’t any plans to print up any more, as September 21st is fast-approaching and after that we’ll be well on to plans for the big SEVEN-ZERO. 

For those of you interested, we created a few different designs—all our standard WMG navy regarding the t-shirt, with a gold print for the LXIX and assorted Murrayesqye accents on the sleeves of upper back. 

Raising one up to the legend this week, thanking him for years of friendship and partnership and wishing him many, many more. 


Murray-Style Charm

Birthday Cinderella Story Old Fashioned

WHO NEEDS LUCK WHEN YOU HAVE MURRAY-STYLE CHARM? 

Two major sporting events, apparently. 

Bill Murray in Old Fashioned Polo and Caddyshack Polo

Every September we reach out to Bill and ask the man who has everything, what we can do to honor him taking another trip around the sun—and every time the man, the myth, the Murray responded with something witty—giving us a hard time, before ultimately telling us to do something nice for others. 

This year, Bill’s request was brand-related and simple; “I’m fine and don’t need anything Just be nice to your moms and  bring back those two shirts everyone always asks me about. You know, the ones that made some dreams come true a few years back.” 

For those out of the know, 2016 was a serendipitous year for both William Murray Golf and our fearless leader Bill Murray. 

In late September, Team USA broke a 3,000+ day Ryder Cup losing streak—emerging victorious at Hazeltine National, by way of a 17-11 final score on Sunday.  The eight-year drought immediately became an afterthought after securing five points from the 12 single matches on the day. 

In the crowd all week, the good-luck charm Team USA needed, but didn’t even know it had—Bill Murray—decked out in William Murray gear publicly for the first time, yet nowhere near inconspicuous as he was quick to lead an “AMERICA!” call-and-response chant with the pro-USA crowd. 

Bill Murray in Cinderella Story Polo

Bill and his brother, the legendary Brian-Doyle Murray—screenwriter of the cult classic ‘Caddyshack’, while also playing the iconic caddy master Lou Loomis—were all over Chaska, Minnesota that weekend; Bill sporting our “Cinderella Story” polo; an homage to his Carl Spackler character as the navy blue polo is plastered with colorful mums similar to the ones the loopy groundskeeper took a sickle to in the film. 

A few weeks later, the Murray’s beloved Chicago Cubs defied the odds and punched a ticket to their first World Series since 1945—an event The Northsiders hadn’t won since 1908. Time and fate had toyed with the beloved Cubbies over the years, but something felt a little bit special about 2016; so much so that our birthday gift to Bill that fall was a Chicago-inspired, pinstripe polo we called “This Is The Year”. 

In true Chicago fashion, the Cubs lost Game 1, bounced back and took Game 2, but just as quickly lost Game 3 and Game 4—the crowd at Wrigley Field visibly distraught after that 7-2 home thumping a night after dropping a 1-0 slugfest. 

Backs to a wall, down 3-1—this was the Chicago Cubs everybody knew and loved. 

Bill Murray in Old Fashioned Polo at Cubs World Series

Chicago took Game 5 at home, 3-2—and Bill stuck with “This Is The Year” for Game 6 in Cleveland; going as far as to bring a random fan to sit with him during the game—leaning a little bit on those “good works” that are a part of any good Catholic upbringing. 

By the time Game 7 rolled around, a new good luck charm surfaced; our beloved “Old Fashioned”. 

“Something tells me we’re going a little stronger than beer for this one tonight,” Bill shared as he pulled our whiskey-adorned polo over his head, Cubs hat still in place. 

The rest was history. 

Chicago was up 6-3 in the bottom of the eight, but Cleveland tacked on three runs and things were tied up going into what was eventually a scoreless ninth. The Cubs knocked in two in the top of the tenth to take an 8-6 lead—but the Indians cut it to one in the bottom of the frame. A ground-out to third ultimately sealed it and Chicago was a champion again for the first time in 108 long seasons. 

While we’re not claiming that Bill Murray and two good-luck polos somehow swayed the 2016 Ryder Cup and soon-to-follow World Series—we’re not saying they didn’t, either. 

Try your good fortune with “Cinderella Story” and “Old Fashioned”; both back for a limited time at WilliamMurrayGolf.com


SERENDIPITOUS RETURN TO THE MASTERS FOR PAT PEREZ



William Murray brand ambassador Pat Perez is headed back to Augusta for the second consecutive year. The PGA Tour veteran will be rocking his own Masters-inspired design—"Just A Trim"— at the season's first major.

Pat Perez's inaugural trek to Augusta took place in 2003 on the heels of a tremendous rookie season with six Top 10 events—including two second place finishes—spread over 30 events. That stellar run by a 26-year old Perez paved the way to his first Masters the following March, where the second-year pro finished T45, making the cut but going 79-75 over the weekend.

From there, a five-year drought before Perez would get another look at Augusta National; punching his ticket in 2009 with a late-January win at the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs. This time around, a 75-79 kept Perez from playing all four days and it’d be another dry spell before the fiery veteran would earn another crack at that tradition unlike any other.

Fast-forward to 2017 and Perez was Augusta-bound again; this time the experience will be even sweeter than the last two go-arounds, due to redemption and the path taken.

Shoulder surgery for a torn labrum in April 2016 came a month after Perez celebrated his 40th birthday. It also occurred on the heels of some of the worst golf the pro had played in his career; all related to the arm-numbing pain that plagued him for the better part of a year.


Six months of rehab followed; as did the multi-million dollar question—could Perez return to form? Never did the spirited veteran expect to be better than before, yet that’s just what happened.

Retooling his swing with coach Drew Steckel, Perez shortened and tightened things up—coming back with a new, more-effective swing that would limit the impact on his body, as well as something that could carry him onto the next phase of his career.

Perez earned a spot in the CIMB Classic, courtesy of tournament director Todd Rhinehart, who chose to reward Perez for years worth of support for the Malaysian-hosted event. Without that invite, Perez looked to kickoff his season in Hawaii—protective of the 16 starts he’d been allotted for a medical exemption.

Instead, a T33 finish got the juices flowing and two weeks later Perez rolled his way to a T7 finish in Las Vegas, setting the stage for the unthinkable; his second career victory three events after recovering from surgery.

The 21-under finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba earned Perez full exemption for the 2017 season—paving the way to last season’s career-best T18 finish at The Masters. After back-to-back rounds of 74, Perez shot 70-71 over the weekend (the hot streak carrying over to the Wells Fargo Championship and a T2 finish.)


Stellar play defined the rest of the season for Perez—who reached the TOUR Championship for the first time in his career, while also climbing to 3rd on the Official World Golf Rankings, which punched his ticket back to Augusta in 2018. As if that good fortune weren’t enough; Perez returned to the scene of last year’s opener in Malaysia and won his third PGA Tour event; the CIMB Classic.

One win over 16 seasons and then two in less than a calendar year. Inconceivable for a 40-plus-year-old journeyman who was on the brink of extinction prior to his shoulder diagnosis.

All that’s to say this year’s return to Augusta is special for Perez. Aside from reaching the Masters in back-to-back years, he also does so at 42 years of age and knocking on the door of fatherhood—his wife Ashley set to give birth to their daughter this September.

Knowing what this year’s Masters meant to Pat, William Murray Golf worked with our pro to design an Augusta-themed polo; something no apparel brand had ever done for Pat in his 17 years on Tour.

“When the team at William Murray told me they wanted to honor my Masters appearance with a custom green polo this year, I was thrilled,” Perez beamed. “Every year out here at Augusta you see brands doing something special for their guys. We knew we had one shot to make a splash and I love what we came up with regarding, ‘Just A Trim’. It’s Masters-classy, but also has that Murray vibe in line with what Bill and the brothers would dig.”

“Just A Trim” goes on sale prior-to Perez’s opening round at Augusta National. Thursday’s opening round tee time is set for 9:47 a.m. ET and should the shirt bring good luck, Perez said fans could see it again over the weekend.

“If things are going the way we need them to go out here, you can guarantee the shirt makes another appearance over the weekend. Fact.”

 

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