American golfer at The Open has a name to surely rival Shooter McGavin
And we thought Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau had the best golf name out there...
Golf throws up a few interesting characters and a stack of brilliant names. One of them is currently getting to grips with his first time at The Open.
In recent years we've had Boo Weekley, Charles Howell III, Bubba Watson and, going back further, who could ever forget Fuzzy Zoeller.
It was names like these that surely inspired the creation of 'Shooter McGavin' in the [good] Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore.
This morning at The Open Championship, at Royal Birkdale, a talented American amateur with an even more remarkable name teed off.
Walker Cup star Maverick McNealy let rip just before 7am as one of the early starters. The 21-year-old from California has already appeared in the U.S Open on two occasions but this is his first time to compete in golf's oldest championship.
Having tied an 18-hole Stanford [university] record - set by one Tiger Woods - by shooting 61, just a couple of years back, McNealy is certainly one to watch.
His first hole did not go so well as he found the deep rough and eventually carded a triple bogey 7.
He recovered well with a couple of nerve-steadying pars but it might not be Maverick's year just yet.
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