The Pebble Beach Pro-Am isn’t what it used to be. Back when it was the Crosby Clambake, Bing Crosby gathered some of his closest buddies together for this annual event. You know, like Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire and Dean Martin, just to name a few — it was packed with A-listers you’d see walking down the red carpet, but instead they were playing down the fairway alongside a bunch of pro golfers.
Sadly, the Crosby name isn’t attached to the tournament anymore. But that’s okay, a telecommunications company is almost as appealing. So much that the event now attracts a few big names — like Bill Murray, Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood. Wait, what?
Kevin Costner begged off because he was touring with his band. Bill Murray pulled out of Wednesday’s goofball celebrity event allegedly to baby a bum knee, so he could play in today’s more serious opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. And local legend Clint Eastwood put his fierce face into mothballs years ago.
Oh well, at least Murray is still playing the actual tournament.
Let’s check out the rest of the celebs and the pairings. It’s honestly not as C-list as I expected. Naturally, Rickie “The 20 Year Old Heartthrob Who Is Supposed to Save the PGA Tour” Fowler is paired with Chris “Where Did My Career Go?” O’Donnell. They’re playing with Ryo “I Like My Clothes to Match My Caddy’s” Ishikawa and Lucas “You Might Remember That I Look Really Good in Calvin Klein Jeans” Black. So, let’s call this foursome, “Where the PGA Tour’s It Boys Meet Hollywood’s Washed-Up It Boys.”
Also naturally, Josh Duhamel is paired with Sergio Garcia. Kate Hudson’s brother and Daniel Chopra complete that group. Tony Romo, who is a better golfer than quarterback, is teamed up with John Daly. Surely the fans are super stoked to watch Chris “I’m With You, Leather” Berman, who, as you can see above, is clearly wondering what the f#ck he’s doing there, too.
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