Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, PGA Tour Stars Aim To Master Pebble Beach Before U.S. Open Return

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, SAUDI ARABIA – FEBRUARY 03: Dustin Johnson of The United States celebrates with a esteem during Day 4 of a Saudi International during a Royal Greens Golf Country Club on Feb 03, 2019 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/WME IMG/WME IMG around Getty Images )Getty

The PGA Tour stops on a pleasing Monterey Peninsula this week for a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The contest delivers scenic views of a California coast, a eventuality to watch celebrities from sports, song and film play golf while also awarding $1.368 million to a veteran champion. It competence also yield a glance of what to design in 4 months when a world’s best players lapse for a U.S. Open.

Competitors play dual of 4 rounds on a famed Pebble Beach Golf Links, that is famous for small, tilted greens, nasty rough, iconic holes and memorable shots in golf history. Among them are a proceed shot to a par-4 8th, that Jack Nicklaus called his favorite in golf and Tom Watson’s chip-in for birdie on a 71st hole to kick Nicklaus in a 1982 U.S. Open. Pebble Beach, during No. 7, is also a top ranked non-private march in Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s Greatest Golf Courses. Just given it’s permitted doesn’t make it affordable, however. The greens price is $500 and caddie price is $125.

In June, Pebble Beach Golf Links will play horde to a U.S. Open for a sixth time given 1972 and any year a ATT Pro-Am was also hold on a march in February. Having a unchanging PGA Tour eventuality and a vital championship on a same march in a calendar year is unusual. The usually other march to lift a double in a final decade or so was Torrey Pines, down a seashore in La Jolla, in 2008. Tiger Woods won a Buick Invitational in Jan and a U.S. Open in Jun for his 14th vital title.

So, in further to seals sunning along a beach, waves crashing over a rocks and aerial shots of a hilly coastline, there’s some-more to watch in a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (which started as The Crosby in 1947). Does success this week equal success when a vital esteem returns? Somewhat.

Jack Nicklaus in 1972, pulled a Pebble Beach double, winning a Crosby and a U.S. Open, earning a initial esteem of $30,000 – homogeneous to a tie for 35th in this week’s contest – for his vital championship victory. Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino and Bruce Crampton finished top-10 in both events.

When a U.S. Open returned to Pebble Beach 10 years later, Watson won in thespian conform creation birdie on a final dual holes. He’d finished T-12 in a Pro-Am in February, stability a good lane record on a march he used to hide on and play while attending college circuitously during Stanford. Watson won a Pro-Am in 1977 and 1978.

The 1992 U.S. Open noted Tom Kite’s usually vital title. He did not make a cut in a ATT Pro-Am progressing in a year. Jeff Sluman, however, finished second in both events, losing a playoff to Mark O’ Meara in Feb and descending dual shots bashful of Kite in June. Speaking of O’ Meara, he’s an engaging case. His feat was his fourth (of a record five) in a event, earning him a nickname, “The Prince of Pebble Beach” and contest favorite standing entering a U.S. Open where, of course, he shot rounds of 75 and 73 to skip a cut.

Golf often creates no sense.

In 2000, Tiger Woods was a best actor in a universe by a far-reaching margin. He valid because in his dual appearances during Pebble Beach, erasing a seven-shot necessity in a final 7 holes to win a ATT and demolishing a domain in a U.S. Open. Woods won by 15 shots over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ernie Els, environment a record for feat domain that will approaching never be broken.

When a U.S. Open returned to Pebble Beach 10 years later, a new golfer had ascended to kingship on a peninsula. Dustin Johnson won back-to-back ATT Pro-Am titles in 2009 and 2010 and seemed on his approach to his initial vital title. He entered a final turn with a three-shot lead and Bobby Brown, a former Pebble Beach caddie on his bag. Johnson had a whiff, a triple spook and a double spook in a initial 3 holes, skyrocketed to 82 and tied for 8th. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, who did not play in a ATT in February, claimed his sole vital title, holding off challengers Els, Woods and Phil Mickelson, a four-time ATT champion.

Course conditions are another cause value considering. This is a wettest duration of a year during Pebble Beach and temperatures aren’t approaching to shun a 50s this week. The march should be most drier and a atmosphere warmer when a golfers lapse in June.

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