Hunter Thompson and Bill Murray Invented New Sport

Hunter S. Thompson revealed how he created a new sport with actor pal Bill Murray, in his last ever internet column on

Thompson–who committed suicide on Sunday at the age of 67–had
contributed to the sports site for the past four years.

The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author’s page contained his many and often bizarre words of
wisdom on the state of sport–none more so than his final contribution, posted
just last week.

Thompson includes the transcript of a late-night telephone conversation
between him and Murray–who played the journalist in 1980 movie Where The Buffalo Roam–about his plans to create the sport of “shotgun golf” in which
two men compete on a golf driving range, one with a golf club and ball and the
other with a shotgun. The marksman’s challenge being to shoot the flying ball

Thompson was inspired by multi-level driving ranges he’d read about in Japan
and sought the advice of Murray, who had spent time in Tokyo shooting movie
Lost In Translation.

Thompson told Murray, “I’ve called you for some consulting advice on how to
launch it. We’ve actually already launched it. Last spring, the Sheriff and I
played a game outside in the yard here. He had my Ping Beryllium 9-iron, and I
had his shotgun, and about 100 yards away, we had a linoleum green and a flag
set up. He was pitching toward the green. And I was standing about 10 feet away
from him, with the alley-sweeper. And my objective was to blow his ball off
course, like a clay pigeon.”

Murray replied, “Well, with all safety in mind, yes. That sounds great. I
think it would create a whole new look. It would create a whole new clothing

Thompson added, “We’ll obviously have to make a movie. This will mushroom or
Mutate–either way–into a real craze. And given the mood of this country,
being that a lot of people in the mood to play golf are also in the mood to
shoot something, I think it would take off like a gigantic fad.”

According to a statement from his son Juan, Thompson “took his life with a
gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado”.

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