Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is a talented golf pro , who owns his own driving range. That sounds impressive , but the reality is quite different. While it s true that Roy is indeed a talented golfer and does own a driving range , it is in a tiny , unheard of Texas backwater. With almost no customers , he is likely to go broke. His golfing talents remain untapped and his life is rapidly going nowhere. To pass the time , he drinks a lot of beer with his buddies , or swings at a bucket of balls. Sometimes , he even plays real golf , and his friend and assistant Romeo (Cheech Marin) caddies for him. That s all there is for Roy , until he is wakened from his deathlike reverie by a visit from a newcomer in town , psychologist Molly Griswold (Renee Russo). Teaching her how to swing a club reminds him of feelings he had nearly forgotten. Discovering that she is the girlfriend of his old golfing rival , David Simms (Don Johnson) , goads him yet further , and he returns to the PGA golf tour to compete in the U.S. Open. Maybe he ll get Molly for himself , maybe not , but in the meantime he has some things to prove to himself.