Here’s one of the stranger golf stories I’ve read: A golfer is suing his club for $13.2 million for embarrassing him by lowering his handicap.
A 75-year-old pensioner at the centre of a €10m lawsuit against his former golf club—which he claims damaged his reputation by lowering his handicap—plans to share his windfall with his extended family if successful.
Thomas Talbot, a retired insurance official, claims his reputation was damaged after Hermitage Golf Club in Lucan, Co Dublin reduced his handicap by 7.7 shots between 1999 and 2004, and wants €10m in damages.
He is suing both the club and Eddie Murphy, its former handicap secretary, in the High Court for defamation.
The issue seems to be that the club believes he was sandbagging and lowered his handicap accordingly. The issue has been going on for six years, and the trial took 21 days. A verdict is expected in two weeks.