Celebrity GolfersDecember 17, 2015

Happy trails to Bo Ryan, a great golfer who's an even better talker on the course

Bo Ryan surprised everyone with his immediate retirement as Wisconsin's head basketball coach on Tuesday night. Ryan, who had previously said this would be his last season, is walking away after taking the Badgers to the NCAA title game last year.

There's no debating Ryan, who leaves with the best winning percentage in Big Ten history, is a great coach. But he also happens to be a great golfer.

Ryan was a relative late comer to the game, but we know he has a 69 to his credit thanks to this fantastic Teddy Greenstein article detailing Ryan's love of golf in the Chicago Tribune from 2011. Not that he always had a love for it.

He tells Greenstein that when he was in the Army and stationed in Augusta, Ga., in 1970, he thought: "People walk around and watch other people play golf?" Six years later, he was pushed into playing as part of his job as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. And now, he's not only a great golfer, but he's an even better talker on the course. Here are some of Ryan's go-to terms on the course when he's trying to needle his playing partners:

  • There's the "mother-in-law," which is a shot that "looks good leaving."

  • There's the "son-in-law," which is "not quite what you expected."

  • And finally, the "Linda Ronstadt," which refers to her song "Blue Bayou," as in "blew by you."

In the article, Ryan also said he wouldn't start practicing golf until he retired, which is bad news for whoever he usually plays against. Also bad news? Ryan is going to have a lot more time to come up with one-liners.


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