'Caddyshack' Star to Caddie for US Open Practice Rounds


Be the ball, Danny. Be the ball.

A "Caddyshack" star will reportedly get the chance to do just that in a hilarious case of life imitating art.

Actor Michael O'Keefe, best known for his turn as the naive young country club worker Danny Noonan in the classic 1980 golf comedy, will caddie for a pair of practice rounds at next week's US Open, according to the New York Post.

O'Keefe will carry the bag of US Open first-timer Danny Balin, a New York native who is the head pro at a Long Island country club. Balin has previously competed in the PGA Championship several times.

The hilarious stunt came together when O'Keefe jokingly wrote an article in golf.com asking anyone playing in the Open to hire him as a caddie.

Balin saw the article -- and pounced on what he saw as a chance for a great gag. After all, a life spent on golf courses with the name Danny had consigned Balin to a life of "Caddyshack" jokes, he told the Post.

O'Keefe grew up in nearby Larchmont, NY, and actually caddied at Winged Foot as a kid in the early 70s before pursuing a career in acting that eventually led him to "Caddyshack," the story said.

The veteran thespian said his initial hope was to create a fund for caddies who are struggling to find work during the pandemic.

“I thought, ‘What if there’s a golfer out there who’s willing to give me a shot to carry their bag?’" the Post reported. “It’s not like I’m going to mess anybody up. I do know the course. It could be fun.’’

The 65-year-old actor has appeared in countless movies and TV shows but is perhaps best known for his role as Noonan, performing alongside comedic legends Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray at the fictional Bushwood Country Club.

Balin said he is brushing up on "Caddyshack" so he can drop the best quotes on O'Keefe during their rounds.

“I’m going to have to watch it to get the one-liners down so I can give it to him,’’ Balin said. “Because I’m going to be all over him during this whole … stunt.’’