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Oscar De La Hoya

The boxer from East L.A. picked up the game a decade ago and has been hooked ever since.

By JOHN REGERPublished: July, 2007

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?
My 5-iron.

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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