It didn't take long for Oscar De La Hoya to get hooked on golf. The boxer known for his quick jab and devastating hook in the ring during a storied career hit the links about a decade ago in an attempt to learn the game. Carrying a 10 handicap, the Southland resident is still playing - and enjoying - the game every chance he gets.
What are your favorite courses?
Annandale, Bel-Air and Riviera.
How did you get in the game?
One day I went to the range about 10 years ago. I bought some clubs and went. I wanted to learn how to play.
What is your best round and where?
I shot a 69 in my charity tournament at Valencia. That was a fluke.
What course have you not played that you want to?
Augusta National. I've played Cypress Point and Pebble Beach, but I have to play Augusta.
Who gives you lessons?
No one. I am self-taught.
Including yourself, who would be in your ultimate foursome?
It would have to be George Lopez, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Lee Trevino.
What is your most embarrassing moment on a golf course?
Probably when I hit someone. The funny part was that when I went to that person to apologize, they apologized to me. I was like, I am the one who hit you.
What's one thing you wish you could change about your game?
My putting. My putting is just terrible. Literally, I lose six to 10 strokes on the golf course because of my putting.
What is your favorite club?
What do you enjoy most about the game?
The fact that you can always get better, always improve. You can never master this game.
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