Nothing poor about Pacific Grove

By Mike BaileyFebruary 7, 2011, 8:09 pm

If you don't already know about Pacific Grove Golf Links, you should, especially if you appreciate golf along the Pacific Ocean for less than $100.

This week, thousands of golf fans will flock to the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links for the annual clambake known as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. And though none of us has a spot in that one, you can play what many refer to as 'Poor Man's Pebble Beach,' Pacific Grove.

It's called that because the back nine backs up against the Pacific Ocean and its course designers have strong Pebble Beach connections. But I'm not really fond of the moniker, because Pacific Grove isn't anything close to Pebble Beach, but it's pretty special, especially considering it has a walking rate of $40 during the week.

Pacific Grove – or “PG” as it’s known to locals – was co-designed by H. Chandler Egan, former captain of the Harvard golf team, and Jack Neville. Egan partnered with Alister MacKenzie to renovate Pebble Beach prior to the 1929 U.S. Amateur, and in 1932, he designed the first nine at Pacific Grove.

But the magic didn't occur until 1960 when Neville, who collaborated with Douglas Grant on Pebble Beach, got to add another nine to Pacific Grove, the nine that backs up into the sea.

The front nine at Pacific Grove isn't anything special, but it does serve as a warm-up to the really cool back nine. But this is where I don't like the Pebble Beach comparison: Nowhere does it look like Pebble Beach on the back nine. Sure, the ocean is there, but there are no cliffs, no big forced carries. It's just good links golf with the ocean as a backdrop through much of it. And it's a municipal. Most golfers would love to have it as their everyday golf course.

Even though it's less than 5,000 yards, Pacific Grove isn't easy. You have to manage your game. It's not a championship test, but it's plenty tough.

So if you're on the Monterey Peninsula this week – or any week – book a tee time. You can either call the golf shop or book a tee time on They'll fill up fast this week, but as of this publication there are still some remaining.

Play PG. You won't regret it.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.