Match game


Ever wonder how they match up the celebrity pro-am partners with the pros?

I asked a PGA Tour media official who is on site this week at Pebble Beach who said there is really no exact way or formula for doing so. Some are mutual requests made by the professional and amateur that the tournament honors (like Phil Mickelson, who is sponsored by Barclays, playing with Barclays president and CEO Bob Diamond, Jr. this week), while others are merely random pairings.

Interestingly players can also opt-out of the celebrity rotation if they wish not to play with all the media frenzy and fan attention.