Jordan Spieth Bobblehead Given Away At The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
This Saturday, AT&T is giving away Jordan Spieth bobbleheads to the first 8,000 fans who arrive at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
I’ve got one already.
YOU can win one by commenting on this post about your current favorite PGA TOUR player. When the tournament is over, I’ll pick a random post using one of those internet number randomizer pages to make it all fair. Be sure to leave a correct email in the email field so that I can contact you if you’re a winner. I promise that I will not do anything nefarious or unseemly with the email. Also, US addresses only. Sorry, but shipping outside the States is cost prohibitive.
Dates: February 8-14, 2016 Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host) Par (Yards): 36-36—72 (6,816) Spyglass Hill Golf Course Par (Yards): 36-36—72 (6,953) Monterey Peninsula CC, Shore Course Par (Yards): 34-37—71 (6,914) Field: 156 Format: 72-hole stroke play FedExCup points: 500 to the winner Purse: $7,000,000 ($1,260,000) Defending Champion: Brandt Snedeker Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/attproam; Twitter: @attproam
31st year as title sponsor for AT&T
AT&T enters its 31st year as title sponsor of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2016, having served as title sponsor since 1986.
The only event with a longer-running sponsorship is The Honda Classic, with Honda having been the title sponsor since 1982.
This week in FedExCup history
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has played a significant role in the FedExCup, the PGA TOUR’s season-long competition now in its 10th year.
In 2010, Dustin Johnson won his second consecutive AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title and moved to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career.
He would hold the No. 1 spot for four consecutive weeks and finish the season fifth in the FedExCup standings.
Johnson has qualified for the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola seven consecutive years dating back to 2009.
A look back at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
With a final-round 5-under 67, Brandt Snedeker prevailed by three strokes over runner-up Nick Watney to win the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
His 22-under 265 winning score supplanted the previous 72-hole record of 19-under 267 that he set in 2013.
With his win, Snedeker extended the stretch of American-born players to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to 11 years. The last international winner of the event was Vijay Singh in 2004.
Here’s a look at Snedeker’s eight PGA TOUR victories: 2007 Wyndham Championship, 2011 RBC Heritage, 1212 Farmers Insurance Open, 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 2013 RBC Canadian Open, 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 2016 Farmers Insurance Open.
2015 Final Professional Leaderboard
Brandt Snedeker 64-67-67-67—265 (-22)
Nick Watney 65-69-65-69—268 (-19)
Charlie Beljan 70-63-70-66—269 (-18)
2015 Final Pro-Am Leaderboard
Pat Perez/Michael Lund 42-under 245
Brandt Snedeker/Toby S. Wilt 40-under 247
More on Brandt Snedeker’s win in 2015
Earned seventh career PGA TOUR win at age of 34 years, 2 months, 7 days in his 221st career TOUR start
Will seek to become the first repeat winner of the event since Dustin Johnson (2009-10).
Lone bogey of the week came at the par-4 third hole at Pebble Beach in round three.
Three-stroke win was the largest margin of victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since Dustin Johnson won by four strokes in 2009 (rain-shortened to 54 holes).
With his win, became the Web.com Tour’s 400th graduate to find victory on the PGA TOUR
Won in his eighth start at the event. Aside from his 2013 and 2015 wins, his highest finish is T21 in 2010.
Became the fourth winner in the last five years to have emerged after playing Pebble Beach in rounds three and four. In 2014, Jimmy Walker played Monterey Peninsula Country Club in round three.
With the win, became the seventh player since 2000 to come from behind in the final round to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The last to do so was Phil Mickelson in 2012.
A glance at the field
Eight out of the top 15 in the FedExCup standings: Brandt Snedeker (2), Russell Knox (3), Kevin Na (4), Jason Dufner (9), Emiliano Grillo (11), Jason Bohn (12), Jordan Spieth (13), David Lingmerth (15).
• Six players in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking: Jordan Spieth (1), Jason Day (3), Bubba Watson (6), Justin Rose (7), Dustin Johnson (8), Patrick Reed (9).
Five winners during the 2015-16 season: Russell Knox (WGC-HSBC Champions), Peter Malnati (Sanderson Farms Championship), Jordan Spieth (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Jason Dufner (Career Builder Challenge), Brandt Snedeker (Farmers Insurance Open).
Former AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am champions: Brandt Snedeker (2013, 2015), Jimmy Walker (2014), Phil Mickelson (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012), D.A. Points (2011), Dustin Johnson (2009, 2010), Vijay Singh (2004), Davis Love III (2001, 2003).
Players with at least nine TOUR wins: Phil Mickelson (42), Vijay Singh (34), Davis Love III (21), David Duval (13), David Toms (13), Steve Stricker (12), Dustin Johnson (9).
Fifteen Major Championship winners, including multiple winners Phil Mickelson (5), Padraig Harrington (3), Vijay Singh (3), Jordan Spieth (2), Bubba Watson (2).
Additional player notes
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am defending champion Brandt Snedeker won the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago with a final-round 69 on a day the stroke average for the field was 77.901. The six-stroke comeback was the second time Snedeker had overcome such a deficit in the final round to win the Farmers Insurance Open (2012). With the victory, the 2013 FedExCup champion moved to second in the FedExCup standings and 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking (he’s now 14th in OWGR).
After missing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the first time in 19 years last year, Phil Mickelson returns in search of his fifth title on the Monterey Peninsula.
Two-time AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner Dustin Johnson owns six top-10 finishes in eight starts at the event (T7-2008, Won-2009, Won-2010, T5-2012, T2-2014, T4-2015). Has won at least one time in each of the last eight seasons (2008-15), the best streak on TOUR.
World No. 1 and 2015 FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth will make his fourth start at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with top-10 finishes in his last two starts (T22-2013, T4-2014, T7-2015).
Jason Day owns three sixth-place finishes or better in six starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (6th-2008, T14-2009, T46-2010, 6th-2013, T64-2014, T4-2015).
Several local favorites, including five-time TOUR winner and former Fresno State standout Nick Watney, who will make his 13th start at the event, with a runner-up finish in 2015, T6 in 2011 and T7 in 2006 his best outings.
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will be making his 30th start (29 official) at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with victories in 2001 and 2003.
Chris Berman – Sportscaster, ESPN
Carson Daly – Television host, Radio Personality
Josh Donaldson – Professional Baseball, Toronto Blue Jays
Tom Dreesen – Comedian
Josh Duhamel – Actor
Larry Fitzgerald – Professional Football, Arizona Cardinals
Colt Ford – Musician
Kenny G – Saxophonist, Entertainer
Andy Garcia – Actor/Director
Larry the Cable Guy – Actor/Comedian
Wayne Gretzky – Former Professional Hockey
Jim Harbaugh – Head Football Coach, University of Michigan
Toby Keith – Country Music singer
Thomas Keller – Chef
Huey Lewis – Musician
Gary Mule Deer – Comedian
Kunal Nayyar – Actor
Chris O’Donnell – Acto
Jake Owen – Musician
Alfonso Ribeiro – Actor
Aaron Rodgers – Professional Football, Green Bay Packers
Ray Romano – Actor/Comedian
Joe Don Rooney – Musician, Rascal Flatts
Kelly Slater – Professional Surfer
Alex Smith – Professional Football, Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Timberlake – Entertainer
Mark Wahlberg – Actor
Clay Walker – Musician
Steve Young – Former Professional Football Player
When Dustin Johnson won the 2009 and 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am titles, he became the first player in 20 years to win the event in consecutive years. The others: Sam Snead (1937, 1938); Cary Middlecoff (1955, 1956); Jack Nicklaus (1972, 1973); Tom Watson (1977, 1978); Mark O’Meara (1989, 1990).
2013 and 2015 champion Brandt Snedeker holds the two-lowest 72-hole scoring records a 22-under 265 winning total in 2015 and a 72-hole total of 267 in 2013. The previous mark of 268 was set by Mark O’Meara (1997) and later matched by Phil Mickelson (2007).
In 2013, Snedeker also won the Pro-Am portion of the event (paired with fellow Vanderbilt alum Toby S. Wilt, marking just the ninth time in tournament history that a player has won the individual and pro-am team title in the same year and the first since 2011 (D.A. Points and Bill Murray).
Since 1987, just five champions have also won the Pro-Am portion of the event: 2006-Arron Oberholser, 2007-Phil Mickelson, 2009-Dustin Johnson (T1, 54-hole event), 2011-D.A. Points, 2013-Brandt Snedeker.
Nine 72-hole winners (eight players) of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am held at least a share of the lead for all four rounds – Dustin Johnson (2010), Phil Mickelson (2005 and 2007), Tom Shaw (1970) Bert Yancey (1970), Lloyd Mangrum (1953), Jimmy Demaret (1952), Lloyd Mangrum (1948) and Ed Oliver (1940).
Six players since 1970 earned their first win at this event: John Cook (1981), Steve Jones (1988), Brett Ogle (1993), Matt Gogel (2002), Arron Oberholser (2006), D.A. Points (2011).
The funny answer to that question is that it’s an acronym: Guys Only Ladies Forbidden. But that’s completely wrong.
There are a lot of theories about the origin of the word golf.
One theory is that it derives from Klof, a stick and ball game has been played in the Netherland since at least 1297. But it is a long way from Kolf to Golf. Kolf is played on an indoor course some 17.5 metres long and 5 metres wide, marked with looping scoring lines, and with an ornate wooden post planted at each end. And, the name of the club apparently is a kliek. (Dutch speaking readers should correct me on this, if necessary.) At any rate, the explanation might be more convincing if the Dutch game in any way resembled the Scottish. It doesn’t.
Further, lots of countries have played stick-and-ball games. The Romans had a stick and leather ball game called paganica. The Chinese had such a game. And the Maya. So did the Belgians and French, with a game called chole. That a game is played with a stick and ball doesn’t make it a precursor to golf. Everybody had a stick-and-ball game. So there’s no reason to suppose that the Scots had to borrow theirs from someone else.
The first written record of the word golf comes from March 6, 1457, when King James of Scotland banned the game. The edict reads in part: ….that fute-ball and golfe be utterly cryed downe, and not be used…. (Behind James’ seemingly random order was that the Scots at that time had been on the losing end of several conflicts with the English, thanks in no small part to the English mastery of the longbow. King James thought that instead of practicing golf, the Scots should be at their butts —the medieval term for an archery range. Golf had gotten in the way of national security.)
That King James had to issue an edict against the game indicates that it was well established—perhaps central—in Scottish culture at that point. After all, it was so ingrained and so widespread that the King had to ban it. Given the slow way in which things tended to travel in those days, it’s likely that the game had been played for a very long time prior to that. I’ll bet that the game in Scotland predates the 1297 origin of Kolf.
Other early written references refer to the sport as gouff, goiff, goffe, goff, gowff or golph. Note that no one, apparently, has found a version that begins with a “K”—which would be likely if the origin was Kolf.
There is, however, an old Scottish word, goulf (alternatly gowf, golfing, golfand), which means ” to cuff, or strike.” (again, any native Scots are invited to correct me on this). It seems likely to me that “goulf” is the origin of the game’s name. .
The first thing I’ll say about the new 2016 Mizuno JPX EZ irons is that I’m glad they got rid of the orange badges that made the previous editions look less than serious.
The 2016 Mizuno JPX EZ irons look much more in line with Mizuno’s reputation as a serious players’ iron.
These are forged from a new 1025 Boron, which Mizuno says is 30% stronger material and allows thinner faces. That results in more distance, and lets the weight savings be moved to the corners for forgiveness.
The wide sole design helps to lower the sweet spot to deliver easier flight. Moreover, the Triple Cut sole helps the player cleanly strike the ball from all types of lies.
This weekend’s West Michigan Golf Show features a raffle for rounds of golf at some of Michigan’s “Bucket List” courses, including Crystal Downs, Oakland Hills and Forest Dunes.
Five hundred tickets will be sold for $20 each for a selection of prizes, including: golf for 2 at Crystal Downs Country Club; golf for 3 at Oakland Hills Country Club on the famed South Course; golf for 4 and 1 night’s lodging at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon.
The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF), which is managed by the Michigan Golf Foundation, is making it possible via “The Bucket List Raffle” at booth No. 1214 at the show.
The “Bucket List” fundraiser will support the MGHOF, which through the Michigan Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, conducts an annual election and hosts an outing and induction ceremony. This year’s induction will be June 5 at Katke Golf Club on the campus of Ferris State University. The three winners will be drawn for “The Bucket List Raffle” at that event.
Produced by ShowSpan, Inc., the West Michigan Golf Show is sponsored by Treetops Resort, Applied Imaging, the Golf Association of Michigan, the Michigan PGA and Bridgestone Golf. Hours are 2 p.m. -9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-14, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at www.westmichigangolfshow.com
Learn more about the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame at www.michigan-golf-foundation.com