Tag Archives: Pebble Beach

Feb
14
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It was over before Jordan Spieth even hit his opening tee shot. Heck, it was over before he showed up to Pebble Beach to warm up for the final round. Spieth was not going to blow his six-shot lead through 54-holes. Not happening.

At 23 years old, he’s a grizzled veteran and as poised as they come — I should be used to his remarkable maturity and composure by now since I’ve had a front-row seat for the last four years. Can we just take a moment to remember what we were doing at 23? Our maturity level? I mean, I’m just going LOL. 

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Feb
14
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

That picture above just says it all. A 45-year-old five-time major winner on the back nine of his career reacting in agony and obvious disappointment to a missed five-foot putt for birdie to get to 17-under and into a playoff against Vaughn Taylor at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Had Lefty made it and gone on to win, it would have marked his first victory since amazingly capturing the 2013 Open Championship. Phil Mickelson, who held the lead heading into the final round, is well aware of this stat, not to mention his age (he turns 46 in June).

Mickelson knows the opportunities are dwindling; he’s getting older (which is becoming a handicap to keep up with the new, much younger generation). That putt could have been a game-changer. Who knows what would have happened, but a fired-up Mickelson would have come out blazing in the playoff against his journeyman opponent and the momentum would have been on Phil’s side. Speaking of which, a win for Mickelson at Pebble Beach could have rejuvenated his expiring career. But the putt didn’t fall.

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Feb
16
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

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As longtime readers know, I used to be a regular contributor/participant of golf.com’s weekly PGA Tour Confidential roundtable. Well, the editors wanted to show their support after my emotional Twitter rant of epic proportions yesterday (more on that in a bit), so they invited me to join them again as a guest.

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Feb
16
2015

Reeling from a slump from last season, Brandt Snedeker wanted to become relevant in golf again. He wasn’t yet qualified for any of the World Golf Championships, including the Cadillac Championship at Doral in less than a month, or the Masters. He didn’t like missing out and that was a motivating factor for him heading into today’s final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Snedeker overcame a one-shot deficit as he teed off on Sunday and shot a third-consecutive five-under 67, posting a 22-under tournament total — which broke the scoring record he previously held after he won this event in 2013 — to win by three shots over Nick Watney. 

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Feb
5
2014
Manning and Bellichick: NFL bond runs deep
Peyton Manning did make the trip to play in the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am, after all. He was a last-minute addition to the field after the Seattle Seahawks throttled the esteemed quarterback and his Denver Broncos just three days ago in the 48th edition of the Super Bowl.

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Feb
9
2013
By Stephanie Wei under WUPHangout

I know it was Saturday night on the East Coast, so many thanks to those who took the time to submit questions and/or actually watched the live-stream.

Good news is you can always check it out later if you were busy with fun weekend activities (and I hope many of you were).

One thing: I made a mistake during the Hangout. Apologies to Jesse. For some reason — even though I knew he shot 68 — I thought Snedeker broke his streak of rounds in the 60s. In 15 of his last 16 rounds, Snedeker has scored in the 60s. His lone over-par round in that stretch was in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open when he posted a three-over 75.

Feb
9
2013
Eyeing a win after finishing runner-up to Tiger and Phil the last two weeks

Eyeing a win after finishing runner-up to Tiger and Phil the last two weeks

There’s a name that’s been gracing the first page of the leaderboard who is tied for the 54-hole lead: Brandt Snedeker, who finished runner-up the last two weeks to Tiger Woods (Farmers Insurance Open) and Phil Mickelson (Waste Management Phoenix Open), respectively. PGA Tour rookie James Hahn birdied his last three holes at Spyglass (the hardest of the three venues) to fire a six-under 66 and tie Snedeker for the lead at 12-under through 54 holes.

Good news for Snedeker – Mickelson, who triple-bogeyed the 18th at Pebble Beach today after knocking two in the water (if you haven’t seen the GIF of his slip, then here’s a link), made the cut on the number (one-under), so he’s not a threat. And Tiger isn’t in the field.

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Feb
7
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Yes, that is indeed Bill Murray, sporting some interesting facial hair!

Yes, that is indeed Bill Murray, sporting an interesting beard!

Of course that’s a reference to Bill Murray’s facial hair. The Pebble Beach National Pro-Am regular is making a scene, per usual. He’s partnered up with D.A. Points, who won the event in 2011 — the pair were also victorious in the pro-am portion of the tournament.

Murray and Points played at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course on Thursday, and posted a team effort of five-under 65, putting them in a tie for 51st after the opening round.

Here’s a closer shot of Murray’s beard:

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Feb
7
2013
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The Westwoods: Father-son bonding

The first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am kicked off this morning at the three different venues: Pebble Beach Golf Links, SpyGlass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore Course. Rookie Henrik Norlander is off to a fast start — he’s five-under through 11 at Pebble. Hunter Mahan is five-under through nine holes at Pebble. So is Matt Every, who has three holes to play.

There are some tidbits from the pre-tourney festivities that I wanted to share before we get into the tournament. (As you may have read in previous posts or tweets, I don’t have internet at the motel I’m staying at this week, so good news is I can’t work once I leave the media center, and bad news is I can’t work once I leave. Ah well — life goes on.)

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