The West Coast Swing of the PGA Tour continues with one of golf's greatest staples, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The tournament goes for four days over three different courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
The professionals will all play a round each course beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday. Those making the cut will play on Sunday's final round at Pebble Beach.
Each professional will also be paired up with an amateur for the first three days, with the top 25 teams playing on Sunday.
Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Monterey, California.
When: Feb. 9 - Feb. 12.
What They're Saying
For someone who became used to winning with such regularity, perhaps it is frustrating to be unable to close out the likes of Greg Chalmers (Australian Open) and (Robert) Rock, players to whom he has no business losing. Both are what would be best described as journeymen pros. Their victories with Woods in the field and in contention would be considered career feats.
Woods is clearly looking at the bigger picture, and if you consider where he was less than six months ago, his recent run is pretty impressive. He hardly looked ready to play, let alone compete, when he showed up for the Bridgestone Invitational and then the PGA Championship back in August, where he missed the cut by 10 strokes. He looked better at the Frys.com Open, but still finished tied for 30th.
Golfer to Watch
Woods. This is his American debut in 2012 and he is coming off of a disappointing final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Woods also won here in 2000 while also winning the U.S. Open that year, which was played at Pebble Beach.
Notables-All Times EST
SH-Spyglass Hills, PB-Pebble Bleach, MP-Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore Course
|Golfer||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|Rickie Fowler||1:12 p.m. (MP)||12:28 p.m. (PB)||11:33 a.m. (SH)|
|Dustin Johnson||1:01 a.m. (PB)||12:17 p.m. (SH)||11:22 a.m. (MP)|
|Phil Mickelson||12:50 p.m. (SH)||12:06 p.m. (MP)||11:11 a.m. (PB)|
|D.A. Points||12:06 p.m. (SH)||11:22 a.m. (MP)||12:50 p.m. (PB)|
|Nick Watney||11:11 a.m.(SH)||12:50 p.m. (MP)||11:55 a.m. (PB)|
|Tiger Woods||1:01 p.m. (SH)||12:17 p.m. (MP)||11:22 a.m. (PB)|
In 2011, Points not only won the professional event, but also teamed with Bill Murray to take the Pro-Am. Murray will return this year.
There will be a decidedly NFL flavor to the amateur field this year with Jim Harbaugh, Harris Barton, Bill Belichick, Tony Romo, and Herman Edwards all playing. Also playing will be Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops, Giants' pitcher Matt Cain, and ESPN's Chris Berman.
|First Round||Thursday, Feb. 9||3 p.m.||GOLF|
|Second Round||Friday, Feb. 10||3 p.m.||GOLF|
|Third Round||Saturday, Feb. 12||3 p.m.||CBS|
|Fourth Round||Sunday, Feb. 13||3 p.m.||CBS|
Prediction: Nick Watney
These tournaments set up well for Watney. He is from Northern California, so he is used to the kind of conditions that will be in Monterey. He has been one of the more consistent golfers in the world over recent years. This is the perfect time to break through and notch his first 2012 win.