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Hunter Thompson and Bill Murray Invented New Sport

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Feb 22, 2005 | 11:00am EST

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

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 off-target.

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 line."

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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