Tour Comes Calling to Pebble Beach


The Phoenix Open's loss is Pebble Beach's gain. The inclement weather that hampered the Scottsdale, Ariz., event isn't in the forecast for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Pebble Beach has a history of disastrous weather. Two of the last three contests have been shortened to 54 holes due to the elements, while the 1996 event was cancelled altogether.
Last year's tournament included a spectacular Monday finish. Tiger Woods overcame a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play to better Matt Gogel and Vijay Singh by two shots. The win was Tiger's sixth consecutive PGA Tour victory, dating back to 1999.
Woods went on to win for a second time in 2000 at the famed layout, doing so in record fashion at the U.S. Open. Tiger completed the third-leg of the career Grand Slam by posting an unfathomable 15-stroke triumph at 12-under-par.
Tiger comes into this year's tournament without a win in 2001. In fact, Woods hasn't won a PGA Tour event in his last five starts.
Woods, who tied for fifth last week, will face strong competition in trying to become the first person since Mark O'Meara in 1990 to successfully defend his title. Phoenix Open winner Mark Calcavecchia, David Duval, Sergio Garcia, Tom Lehman, Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton and Singh are among those scheduled to compete.
'I love the (Monterey) peninsula,' Woods said. 'I can hardly wait to get there.'
The purse is $4 Million, with the winner earning $720,000.