Cold Yet Dry Weather Expected at Pebble Beach

By Mercer BaggsJanuary 29, 2002, 5:00 pm
Boo Weekley wasnt the only player wearing rain pants Monday in Monterey, Calif. Freezing rain drenched the Pebble Beach Golf Links, bringing with it memories of old.
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am gets under way this week. Just a year ago, the sun shined brightly and the smiles on peoples faces were even more luminous.
That, however, was a bit of an anomaly. This event has been wrought over the years with cold, wet weather. If lucky, the 62nd edition of the Pro-Am will only have to endure one of the two demanding elements.
Rain, which was absent for the Tuesday morning practice rounds, isn't expected to be a factor on the peninsula ' expected being the operative word. There will be a chill in the air, though; the mercury is expected to rise into the mid-50s as the week progresses.
Davis Love III is the defending champion. He shot a final-round 63 to overcome a seven-shot deficit last year.
Tiger Woods will be making his first start since the New Zealand Open. Woods also came from seven shots back to win the 2000 Pro-Am, though he did so over the final seven holes on Sunday.
In all, only seven of the top-25 ranked players in the world are in the field: Woods, Love, Phil Mickelson, David Toms, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir and Jim Furyk.
Furyks appearance is a bittersweet one. The Pennsylvania native was hoping to be at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, cheering on his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. Alas, his team fell in last weeks AFC Championship game.
None of the European stalwarts are in attendance, save for Jesper Parnevik.
David Duval, who withdrew from last weeks Phoenix Open, due to personal reasons, is also staying away. He said at the beginning of the year that he loves the courses and doesn't mind the six-hour rounds created by the pro-am format, but doesn't like the greens, which often are left bumpy by soft spikes and wet weather.
'I'm just tired of hitting it a foot from the hole and not knowing if I'm going to make it,' said Duval, who had played in this event every year since joining the tour. 'You could hit it to six feet 72 times and shoot 12-over. That's the problem.'
Justin Leonard has a better excuse for skipping the tournament. He is getting married to his fiance, the former Amanda Beach.
One-hundred-and-eighty professionals will tee it up over three courses come Thursday; they will be joined by 180 amateurs. The amateur list includes the regular cast of characters: Clint Eastwood, Alice Cooper, Ray Romano, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Murray.
Everyone will play Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills over the first three days. A cut will be made ' for both the professionals and the amateurs ' following the third round. The low 60 pros and ties will qualify for the final round at Pebble Beach, as will the low 25 pro-am teams.
The purse is $400,000, with $720,000 going to the winner. The top pro-am team will take home $9,120.
For the fourth time in the tournaments history ' and the first time since 1972 ' the final round of the Pro-Am will be held on Super Bowl Sunday.
Footballs grandest game ' usually held opposite the Phoenix Open ' was pushed back a week after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Officials arent sure what to expect, in terms of televised ratings and fan attendance, but there is plenty of room for optimism. For the first time, the event has racked up more than $1 million in advance ticket sales. And, for now, the tournament is perfectly positioned as a warm-up act.
CBS will air the final round of the Pro-Am between noon and 3 p.m. PT, and the Super Bowl kick-off ' televised by Fox ' isnt slated until 3:18.
More so than the St. Louis Rams-New England Patriots match-up, Sundays Pro-Am audience will be determined by the caliber of players competing and the weather.
If the skies are sunny ' which they are expected to be ' and Woods, or one of the other big names can contend, officials could avert millions of eyes away from the Super Bowls pre-game coverage.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.