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Hooks Cuts from Pebble Beach

  • Congratulations to Mark Lye, joining short-game legend Phil Rogers in the California Golf Writers Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
  • Glenn Frey of the Eagles says golfs acoustic, not electric, and that 'Peaceful Easy Feeling is the song which best describes the sport. My last round felt like AC/DCs 'Highway to Hell.'
  • I asked Jerry Kelly if, as the show says, 'Everybody Loves Raymond.' Are you kidding? I love him on 'King of Queens.'
  • Huey Lewis once said the AT&Ts the Masters of the pro-am circuit.
  • Tom Watsons back 25 years after his U.S. Open chip-in, playing with 24-year old son Michael. Said Michael on his relationship with Dad, As you get older you begin to realize they know more than you thought. Im buying the ticket if hell fly east to talk to my teenage son.
  • Phil Rogers likes Jack in his prime against Tiger. Nicklaus carried the ball prodigious distances, the 67-year-old told me. He then recounted a long drive exhibition before the 1963 PGA Championship at Dallas Athletic. Last to go, Jack would have three swats to beat 295 yards. He went 305, 315 and 325, with balata balls and a persimmon driver with a 43- and-five-eighths inch shaft.
  • On the subject of old clubs, the Wilson Dina/Power Sand Wedge Watson used to hole the shot at 17 is on display, not at the USGA, but The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Tom maintains a relationship with the famous resort.
  • Billy Andrade on Pebbles beauty: If you dont believe in the Almighty, come to Pebble and youll believe in some higher power. This place is breathtaking.
  • The weathers expected to be soggy. Thats better than the wind that blew in 1991, when Ed Dougherty took 14 putts on the 17th at Cypress.
  • Clint Eastwood will host but not play. According to Carmel Magazine, Frank Sinatra was offered the role of Dirty Harry, passing because the movie was too violent. Strange because legend has it that the Chairman of the Board had a heavyweight run-in at the AT&T, then the Crosby, in 1964. Returning to The Lodge after midnight, he punched a local power broker when informed he couldnt get food at such a late hour. Sinatra was told in no uncertain terms that he was no longer welcome.
  • Young TOUR pro Kyle Thompson got married at Pebble at the start of the week. Pebbles not Vegas, but it does have a few things going for it.
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