Dustin Johnson has had plenty of quality time recently with Wayne Gretzky, the father of his fiancee, Paulina, and grandfather to the couple's recently-born son, Tatum. The two will spend a few more hours together this week, though, as they team up again at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Johnson and Gretzky will play together in the pro-am portion of this week's event, and the pair will play the first three rounds alongside Jordan Spieth and his pro-am partner, country singer Jake Owen. The foursome will begin Thursday at 11:11 a.m. ET (8:11 a.m. local) at Monterey Peninsula, followed by rounds at Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The format this week calls for all participants to play 54 holes, one round on each of the three courses in rotation. The final round will be played at Pebble Beach and will include the top 60 professionals and ties, plus the top 25 pro-am teams. Here is a look at a few other notable first-round tee times (all times ET). Click here for full-field tee times.
11:33 a.m. (Monterey, No. 1): Billy Hurley III/Andy Garcia, Ryan Armour/Ray Romano
Only at Pebble do you get groups where the amateurs are a bigger draw than the pros. Garcia and Romano are stars from movies and television, respectively, while Hurley and Armour have zero PGA Tour wins and 10 top-10 finishes between them.
Furyk is making his 2014-15 season debut alongside the crooner, who will play without the help of The News. They're grouped with Watney, who grew up in Northern California, and Posey, who won his third World Series title last year with the San Francisco Giants.
Poulter draws Kenny G, a staple at this event who is listed this week as a 2 handicap. They'll play with Jones, who won the Shell Houston Open last year, and Close, an actor who has appeared in multiple network primetime dramas.
Fresh off his win at Torrey Pines, Day will begin with the host course this week alongside his amateur partner Lentz, an executive with Toyota. They'll be grouped with Thompson, who cracked the top 20 last week, and Scannell, a technology executive.
I'm not sure who I expected to pair up with Larry the Cable Guy, but the Aussie who won the Valero Texas Open in March would probably have been low on my list. Horschel pairs with Ford, who like Spieth's partner makes his living in country music.
Other notable pro-am pairings include John Daly with ESPN's Herm Edwards (11:44 a.m., Pebble), Chris Kirk with actor Josh Duhamel (12:17 p.m., Monterey), Jason Bohn with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (1:01 p.m., Spyglass) and D.A. Points with his regular partner, actor Bill Murray (12:06 p.m., Monterey).