pebble_beach1Here’s what you missed yesterday:

  • Professional golf.

Yes, I’m being slightly facetious, but only slightly.  Yesterday’s golf coverage on CBS was borderline unwatchable, and had me tuned out 20 minutes in.  It was excruciating to watch Huey Lewis, Pedro Ceranno The President in 24 the guy who played Pedro Ceranno and The President in 24, and Bill Murray hacking it up out there.  At one point, on 17, they showed three straight shanks into the trees in the right, probably 60 yards away.

We see enough of that as it is when we go out there, do we really need to see that in HD on the most beautiful course in the world? (more…)

Good morning to all and Happy Valentines Day to all the ladies out there. You know, waking up and seeing snow is probably one of the worst, most frustrating things to experience living in northeastern Ohio. Well, consider the scenario. We had some 60+ degree temperatures mixed in during the past week which really start to give you the feeling that spring is near. Then you see the 5+ foot tall snow mounds melt away to nothing, the sun begins rising earlier and and earlier each day, and toping it all off it’s no longer pitch black outside when you walk to your car after a long day at work. You really start to think, “hey maybe I can get out to the range this weekend”. My email box then starts to get filled with early bird, spring specials at local courses. Then the snow returns just in time for the weekend to come and the regular depression follows. Why can’t we get the warm temperatures to hit on the weekend?

The second round of the AT&T National Pro-AM gave us a great round from Ratief Goosen (and his killer shades). Goosen shot a cool -8/64 to take the lead from Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus. Johnson followed his opening round -7/65 with a sold -3/69. That put him alone in 2nd place and is sitting at -10. Garrigus is currently sitting T4/-8 after shooting a -1/71 on day 2.

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This is Webb Simpson, just so you know.

This is Webb Simpson, just so you know.

Every week we’re going to do a power rankings of the top 17 players worldwide at the moment.  Why 17?  Because it’s my party and I can cry if I want to.  Also, we’ll just be naming it after the PGA Tour stop that week, but will be including international players, so don’t worry, we’re not oblivious to to the linksy goodness across the pond.

Not a lot of movement this week, as most of the top guys weren’t at Torrey for one reason or another.  But look at a little closer at this week’s rankings…there’s a guy in there who most people consider a top golfer and one of Tiger’s chief competitors, and you won’t find him anywhere to be seen.  Suspense?  Hitchcock doesn’t have shit on me.

Rankings after the jump (last week’s ranking in parentheses):

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If there’s any doubt that Tim Finchem is not only incompetent, but also a jerk, here’s some more evidence.

Tim Finchem decided to give one of the few sponsor’s spots in this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am…to himself, despite the fact that a.) he’s grossly overpaid, making $5 million per year and the entry fee was $15,000 and all that money goes to charity, and b.) he just asked players to do more for sponsors and chairties.

And then there’s this, according to Doug Ferguson…

He’ll play with Love, who was on the policy board in Finchem’s first year as commissioner in 1994. The other team will be Mahan and Randall Stephenson, chairman of AT&T.

The only mystery was the draw sheet.

Finchem and Stephenson were to play the same course rotation as the celebrities (opposite side of the course) – Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills, Pebble Beach. But a revised draw sheet on Wednesday had them away from the celebrities (translation: attention) by teeing off Thursday at Pebble Beach.

The Tour never messes with the draw sheet, but Finchem doesn’t care…he wants to be on TV.

Why does this guy have a job?  Jesus, if the player’s pockets weren’t being lined with solid gold, then this guy would be gone in a heartbeat.

(h/t: Geoff Shackelford)

Round 1 is in the books and Robert Garrigus  and Dustin Johnson are the leaders in the clubhouse. Enter Vern Lundquist “Who the hell is Happy Gilmore Robert Garrigus/Dustin Johnson?”. They each shot a -7/65 on day 1 them both sitting on a 1 stroke lead over Charley Hoffman, Vaughn Taylor, and Rich Beem. Those guys are all T3/-6/66. The Beemer put in 5 birdies on the front 9 alone, and then he bogeyed 16 and followed it up by making birdie on the final 2 holes for a pretty clean scorecard and very nice round 1.  Beemer’s a real happy guy. Some Michael Bolton golf after the jump. (more…)

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Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills…what more needs to be said? These are three of the most famous courses in the world and are all a combination of breathtaking scenery and ingenious design. While the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will be played on all three courses, for the sake of this post, I’m going to focus on the closing three holes of Pebble, which in my opinion, are probably the best closing holes in golf with St. Andrews and Carnoustie.

The history here at Pebble is just outstanding: Jack’s 1-iron in the 1972 US Open on 17 that hit the flagstick and stuck a foot from the hole, Watson’s chip in to take the lead over the Golden Bear in 1982’s US Open, Tom Kite outlasting the field in a windstorm in 1992, Steve Lowery’s incredibly underrated shot from last year from a greenside bunker from 220 with a sidehill-downhill lie while going head to head with Vijay, and the take-your-pick from Tiger in 2000, be it the hole out at the pro-am to complete the comeback or the entirety of the 15 stroke win.

But back to the course…

Note: I had written this on Tuesday, but WordPress decided that it wasn’t worth saving and posting so it was all lost. Thanks, WordPress. About the course…I’m focusing on the closing stretch because everyone knows Pebble.

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