AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Sneds Siezes Title

Second to none

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The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title was gleefully seized by Sneds, there were no Hall of Famer’s snatching victory from him here at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Brandt Snedeker won by two shots, shooting a last round -7 under par, 65 to make sure this time he claimed the trophy, and also moved up to number four in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Brandt stood on the 18th tee at Pebble Beach with a three-shot lead on Sunday, taking in the view before him,  the sun and the Pacific Ocean, realizing just how far he has come in the past few months. Sneds said is was a dream, and hard to put into words;

“Just hard to put into words, to have a stretch of golf like I had the last couple of months, something you dream about. Something you think that you can do, but you don’t really know until you actually put it together, and I have. I’m really enjoying this, and hopefully can parlay this into the best year of my career. The last two weeks, playing great but running into two Hall of Famer’s, really motivated me to go out and prove that I can handle the lead. I definitely didn’t want to do anything but win today, I was out there for one purpose and one purpose only, and I was extremely focused all day. I did a great job of staying patient and I did a great job of playing the golf course the way you’re supposed to play it. I would love to be known as the best American golfer, I’ve got a long way to go to do that, but this is a great start to the year. Couldn’t have scripted much of a better one, except for maybe winning the last two weeks if the guys (Tiger and Phil) hadn’t played.”

Ian Poulter tweeted from his home in Orlando Florida;

“Sneds is officially the best golfer on the planet right now, some serious golf he is playing.”

Chris Kirk was in second place, his great round of -6 under par 66, just not good enough on the day to bring him success. Chris said he felt he had played good golf, but somebody always seems to blitz the course;

” We’ve had a lot of tournaments like that on TOUR this year where somebody has really just kind of blitzed the field. I felt like I played well enough to win a golf tournament and came up a little bit short.”

Rookie James Hahn finished in tie for third place, along with broomstick user Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker, all at -14 under par for the tournament.

Sneds and Toby Wilt shared the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title with Michael Letzig and John EricksonJordan Spieth  and Tony Romo; Patrick Cantlay and Kelly Slater; Brad Fritsch and Huey Lewis were among six teams tied for third, two strokes back.

 

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am- Poor TV coverageer ret

Charlie Wi leads the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, after a round of -3 under par at Pebble beach, and a total of -12 for the tournament. He said of his round today;

“I thought Pebble played really difficult today. The greens were very firm, and the guys that shot 8 or 9-under out there, I was very surprised how well they played, because the greens were so firm. Some of the pins were really tricky. I said, gosh, how did they shoot 9-under out there? And for me to shoot 3-under today, I was very pleased. I took an approach today saying this is just a new day, and whatever happened yesterday I was going to put it behind me and just start fresh.”

The biggest story of the day revolved around the TV coverage from Golf Channel, the comments go like this;  Pebble Beach Pro-Am comes along and it is nearly unwatchable.  It is absolutely ridiculous that live coverage is only provided at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  In years past I could understand not providing live coverage at Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula. No coverage from  Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula does not make sense to the viewing public, quite a number of whom have tuned in to see how Bill Murray and D.A Points are doing in their defense of their title. Given the fact that  Tiger Woods is undoubtedly the biggest draw in golf, yet the Golf Channel does not send a live crew to cover his round at Spyglass Hill.

By contrast the coverage shown at the Alfred Dunhill Links Pro-Am,  a similar tournament in structure to Pebble Beach.  St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarn each host a round, a cut is made after three rounds and the final round takes place at St. Andrews.  Live coverage was provided at all three courses. Spyglass Hill had Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for Round One.  It makes no sense that they would be ignored for Dustin Johnson and Vijay Singh playing at Pebble Beach. The people in charge of coverage for the Golf Channel and CBS should be shown a tape of the Dunhill Links coverage.  It is clear that they have no clue on how to cover a pro-am tournament on three courses.

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 09:  American football player Tony Romo (L) and playing partner Tiger Woods shake hands following their round during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Spyglass Hill Golf on February 9, 2012 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

No live coverage of Tiger and Tony Romo
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Tiger Woods is against belly putters

Tiger Woods is against belly putters, he refers to himself as a traditionalist, and that he is opposed to belly putters or any club anchored against a player’s body. He stated at a press conference at Pebble Beach;

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“I’ve never been a fan. I believe putting is the art of controlling the body and club and swinging the pendulum motion. I believe that’s how the game should be played.”

As I have said earlier the Belly and long putters have become much more popular in the pro ranks, and Keegan Bradley became the first major winner to use one at last year’s PGA Championship. Now golf’s governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, said last week that they were taking a fresh look on implementing a  leaning your body weight on the putter, affords a player an unfair advantage in high wind conditions. Tiger has been speaking with R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson on the subject for years, particularly on drafting the tricky language that could present challenges to enforcing such a rule. Woods said he has gone back and forth with Dawson on how to tackle the wording, and he offered a logical suggestion;

My idea was to have it so that the putter would be equal to or less than the shortest club in your bag, and I think with that, we’d be able to get away from any type of belly or long putter.”
Of  his own game Tiger said;

“I feel very at peace, I think it’s more fun now than it used to be because now my kids are getting at an age where they want to see daddy on TV.  They say, ‘daddy, you’re going to a golf tournament, are you going to be on TV. And I said, ‘Well, I have to play well.’ ‘Well, daddy, can you please play well?’

Asked about his match up with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo,  in the pro-am format at Pebble Beach, Tiger said;

“Romo’s playing from the up tees this week, which will be fun. That will be good for us. You guys probably don’t know this, but they want to give him a plus-three handicap, which is complete B.S. I mean, he’s a scratch. I play scratch every tournament, I’m a scratch.
“He’s competitive and he’s been grinding hard. It’s been cool to see. He’s been calling me quite a bit, sending me video of his golf swing, What can I do, what can I do?’”

Romo aside, it will be interesting to see how the belly putter debate pans out.