Greg Kin­n­ear

As Good As It Gets! At the re­cent Dun­hill Links Championsh­ip in St An­drews, Hol­ly­wood star Greg Kin­n­ear talks ex­clu­sively to Charles McLaugh­lin about golf, life, Miguel An­gel Jimenez and why he loves “the Dun­hill”.

HK Golfer - - Final Shot -

“Kin­n­ear” ap­pears to be a Celtic name. What are your fam­ily roots? Lineage? If you look way, way back? There’s plenty of Scotch in there and a lit­tle Ir­ish. So, I’m both happy and de­pressed at the same time!

When did you start play­ing?

I’m orig­i­nally from In­di­ana and my mother was a tremen­dous golfer. Prob­a­bly could have been a pro, she was that good. And, she kinda stuck with me. With a kid, you know, you’ve got to have pa­tience. My 9-year-old daugh­ter is play­ing now, and we go out there, and you have to have pa­tience with a kid. And my mom, she had great pa­tience with me as I played. So, you know, I played a lot as a child then we went over­seas to Le­banon and Greece and didn’t re­ally play for a long, long time and didn’t get into it again un­til af­ter col­lege. You are a busy man, you seem to be con­stantly work­ing. How do you find time for golf? Well, I don’t find time to play good golf! Par­tic­u­larly this year. I’m a mem­ber of Bel Air Coun­try Club in Los An­ge­les and we shut down when Tom Doak came in and re­did the course re­cently and he did a won­der­ful job. The course has never looked bet­ter, they ba­si­cally re­in­stated it back to the orig­i­nal 1927 Ge­orge Thomas de­sign...

He did Riviera also...

That’s right! And LA Coun­try Club. Doak did a fan­tas­tic job but that made me a lit­tle rusty this year. So, I’ve just kinda got­ten back into it in the last few months and got a few rounds out there. But, based on what hap­pened to­day at Kings­barns, clearly, I’m not ready! It’s such a beau­ti­ful course...

What has been your best ever round?

At Bel Air I once had a 72. I’ve also had a hole in one there. Hole #13, 200 yards - the luck­i­est shot ever!

Hand­i­cap?

My hand­i­cap is 9, but the 72 was back “PK” - Pre-Kids! It def­i­nitely jumped up quite a bit, I was a 5 at one point and now I’m more like a 9 or 10.

Would you say Bel Air is your favourite course?

You know, you al­ways have an affin­ity for your own course and your own club. I like the guys at our course so that ranks right up at the top for me. But you know, out­side of that it’s prob­a­bly for me Cy­press Point. I’ve only played it a cou­ple of times. That’s quite breath­tak­ing and chal­leng­ing and in­cred­i­ble. It just seems like some­thing very spe­cial. Al­though I’ve never played Au­gusta, so...

What would you say is the strong­est part of your game?

Strong­est part is prob­a­bly that I hit a pretty good drive. And, you know, my irons, my iron play is gen­er­ally pretty good. It’s my 100 yards in and put­ting which is al­ways my strug­gle and you know, it’s funny, I played to­day with Steve Nick­laus (son of Jack) and I was ask­ing about his dad, and

The 16th hole at the Cy­press Point Golf Club

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