mulligan, 05 February 2004, Comments Off on pebble
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Oh, it’s February and I’m stuck in the cold of the Midwest. How did I end up here? Not too long ago (my memory is fading), I lived in the Bay Area and was a regular at the AT&T Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach, which starts today. I would trek from the Bay Area down to Pebble Beach at 5 am with my sister visiting from out of town (yes, she is a golf fanatic). The tournament is, hands-down, the funnest you can attend in golf.

What sets this tournament apartment (besides the sometimes iffy weather) are: (1) the total “be-seen” scene with the celebrities, which regularly include: Clint Eastwood, Bill Murray, Ray Romano, Kenny G, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, Kevin Costner. Most of them freely and eagerly sign autographs for fans. Some are quite good golfers, too. And Bill Murray’s just hilarious.

(2) The sheer beauty. The tournament is played on 3 amazing courses: Pebble, Spyglass, and Poppy Hills. All are majestic, not to mention quite difficult. I have not seen a more awe-inspiring course than Pebble. It is a work of art.

The only big disappointment this year is that Tiger appears to have taken Pebble off of his schedule. Hopefully, it’s not for good. He played one of the years I was there, and, of course, everyone remembers his amazing comeback victory over Matt Gogel. Tiger holed one from the fairway on 16th (I believe) and then turned to his playing partner Jerry Chang and said: “Right back in it.” Well, I wish he were right back in it this week, or at least I were right back in it.


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