Convicted cocaine dealer who was in jail with Wolf of Wall Street and is pals with Tommy Chong will caddie at Ryder Cup


RYDER CUP rookie Harris English thought he had it extremely efficient when he went seven years with no victory.

His caddie, Eric Larson, KNEW he had it extremely efficient when he spent ten years in jail for drug dealing!

Ryder Cup caddie Eric Larson spent ten years in jail for drug dealingCredit: Getty
Larson also struck up a friendship with Tommy Chong
Larson furthermore struck up a friendship with Tommy ChongCredit: Getty
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in the epic ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ movie
Leonardo DiCaprio performs Jordan Belfort in the epic ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ filmCredit: Alamy

Larson’s story is the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters – and one of his fellow inmates did have a film based completely on him.

That was Jordan Belfort, the rogue dealer whose conviction for fraud and inventory market manipulation was the thought for the hit movie ‘Wolf of Wall Street’.

Larson furthermore struck up a friendship with Tommy Chong, one half of the Cheech and Chong comedy duo, who turned world well-known in the Eighties. 

Chong was locked up for promoting mail order bongs – filtration gadgets which may be utilized for smoking hashish.

They turned such shut pals that they even appeared on chat reveals collectively after that they’d been launched, with Chong saying he didn’t suppose he would have survived the 9 months he spent ‘banged up’ with out Larson’s assist.

Larson, 60, was dealing in a way more sturdy drug – cocaine – when one of his suppliers gave his title to federal investigators in 1995. 


That was mirrored by the scale of his sentence after he admitted dealing all by state traces. 

He was jailed for 13 years – nonetheless was launched virtually three years early – fined £20,000, and was ordered to serve 5 years probation as rapidly as he obtained out.

Larson was on the lookout for cocaine in Florida and promoting it in his residence state of Wisconsin – venue for this week’s Ryder Cup, with Larson heading residence sporting a bib fairly than a convict’s uniform!

He talked about he had turned to crime as he was struggling to make ends meet after giving up on his dream of turning right into a golf knowledgeable, and deciding on a occupation as a caddie.

He outlined: “I did it for financial options solely. I didn’t use it, and I in no way launched it out on Tour. Was I a significant drug dealer? No. Did I drive fancy cars? No. 

“That doesn’t make it any better. I violated the law and I deserved to be penalised. But I obviously wasn’t happy with the sentence I got, I just wish it could have been less time so I could have gotten on with my life.”

Shortly earlier than he was convicted Larson had began working for former Open champion Mark Calacvavecchia, who promised to face by him if he used his time inside to point out into ‘a bigger specific specific particular person’.

Larson spent his decade locked away in 4 totally fully completely different prisons, nonetheless managed to take care of his nostril clear in all of them. He earned a stage in  enterprise administration, and turned a trustee, working as a gardener with the produce distributed to worthy causes.

Calcavecchia saved his phrase. He re-employed Larson, promising to attempt to get him a bigger bag in consequence of the 1989 Claret Jug winner was 46 at the time.

Larson was rolling in cash, earned legitimately, when Calcavecchia acquired the 2007 PODS Championship – and as quickly as additional with English, winner of two enormous occasions this 12 months after lastly snapping that victory drought.

English will be the third Ryder Cup rookie he has caddied for, after Anthony Kim in 2008  and John Overton two years later. No marvel they title him ‘The Minder’.

English had no qualms about taking up an ex-con. He commented: “I respect his story. 

“Eric might need gone two completely different strategies after going what he passed by method of, and he chosen in all probability the toughest methodology. That was to resolve on himself up and defend going and make himself one issue. He has clearly been by method of reasonably hundreds in his life.

“There’s nowhere I can put him on a golf course that’s going to be in a worse spot than he was in 15 or so years ago.”

Larson hopes his story will take one completely different flip for the higher this week, by serving to English play a key place in worthwhile as soon as extra the Ryder Cup.

He added: “It’s the final word phrase dream for me to caddie at a Ryder Cup in Wisconsin not away from the place I grew up.

“It has been an interesting life, and I’ve thought about writing a book. But who in the hell wants to read a book about a guy who’s been to prison?”

Ask Jordan Belfort about that one, Eric.

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