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2007 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmThis week the PGA TOUR returns to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where host superintendents Chris Dalhamer, Bob Yeo and Manny Sousa had just finished cleaning up their respective courses from a Jan. 4 storm that brought 2.5 inches of rain and 40-50 mph winds, when another five inches of rain came over an eight day period in late January.
 
Yeo, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, lost 30-35 trees throughout the course in the Jan. 4 storm and spent the following week filling up 15 20-yard dumpsters with tree debris. Their biggest concern heading into the event was getting the rough mowed. The course is going to be wet for the tournament, but it will be playable.
 
Sousa, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Poppy Hills, lost 23 trees in the Jan. 4 storm and spent the next three weeks cleaning up debris and redistributing the sand in bunkers. The course drains well and is in good shape. Sousa has made a few minor changes to the course this year, including new tees on No. 14, No. 15 and No. 4, which stretches the par 5 to 603 yards. He explains that hole locations will be the biggest strategic factor on the tight, tree-lined, shotmakers course. Sousa points to the par 4 No. 5 as an example. Historically the TOUR has picked a center left location for the cup. It ranked 12th among the 18 in difficulty nearly every year of the tournaments first 15 years. Then, two years ago, the TOUR moved the hole to the back right of the green, right against a pond. It not only ranked as the hardest par 4 of the tournament, but for the entire Tour that year.
 
Dalhamer, GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Pebble Beach Golf Links, doesnt have as many trees as the other two courses, so therefore didnt have as many problems from the Jan. 4 storm, but did face some high surf challenges on the 18th fairway and green, which have since been mitigated. Dalhamer explains that Mother Nature will dictate their golf course management strategies throughout the week. Strategically, Dalhamer explains that holes 8, 9, 10 can make or break a round, as all three are par 4s along the coast where wind can play a factor.

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