AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Live Golf Thursday Feb-9 – Sunday Feb-12- 2012!
In 1937, Bing Crosby hosted the first National Pro-Am Golf Championship at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California, the event's location prior to World War II. Sam Snead won the first tournament, in which the first place check The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, held every year at Pebble Beach, California. The tournament is typically held during the month of February on three different courses, currently Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The event was originally known as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur, or just the Crosby Clambake.
was for $500. After the war, the event resumed play in 1947 on golf courses in Pebble Beach, where it has been played ever since. Beginning that year, it was played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point Club, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club until 1966.
In 1967, Spyglass Hill replaced Monterey Peninsula CC as the third course (with the exception of 1977, when it returned to MPCC). In 1991, the private Cypress Point Club was dropped by the PGA Tour because it would not admit an African-American member, and was replaced as a tournament venue by Poppy Hills, which hosted through 2009. Poppy Hills was not well received by the players, primarily due to poor drainage, and Monterey Peninsula CC returned to the rotation in 2010.
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February 6-12, 2012
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills courses
Pebble Beach, Calif.
Purse: $6.1 million
Winning Share: $1,080,000
FedExCup Points: 500
Defending Champion: D.A. Points.
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Notable professionals in recent years have included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Mark O'Meara, Davis Love III, and Vijay Singh. Notable celebrities have included fan favorite Bill Murray, Glenn Frey, Kevin Costner, Steve Young, George Lopez, Tom Brady and Carson Daly. Past celebrities included many Hollywood legends, some of whom were actually fairly good golfers. Jim Backus, who starred in many movies and television shows, actually made the 36-hole cut in 1964.
The tournament continues to be a success every year despite the rainfall that typically slows down play, especially in 1996, 1998 and 1999 (see Format section below).
There is an equivalent celebrity pro-am event on the European Tour, called the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Pro-Am playing format.
Singer Justin Timberlake at the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The starting field consists of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs. One professional is paired with one amateur. Each day, 52 2-man teams will play on one of the three courses. Then on the final day, those professionals and pro-amateur teams making the 54-hole cut will play on the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Individual cut: At 54 holes, the low 60 scorers plus any ties. Players between 61st and 70th (and ties) will receive both official money and FedEx Cup points, as the cut for this tournament ensures the field is smaller than a standard tournament cut of 70.
Pro-Amateur cut: At 54 holes, the low 25 teams, plus any ties.
Only professionals may compete in the individual competition part of the tournament. Amateurs are restricted to playing only in the pro-amateur team competition. The local Pebble Beach tournament officials handle pairing of professionals with amateurs, while the PGA Tour's weekly tournament officials handle the assignment of tee times.
According to the 2006 PGA Tour Media Guide:-
Any pre-2000 winner of the tournament itself, as well as any pre-2000 winner of The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship or The Players Championship, is eligible.
There are 16, rather than the standard eight, sponsor invitations allowed, all going to various professionals.
After these two special categories, invitations follow most normal PGA Tour Exemption Category rules. Among the exceptions – no Open Qualifying (category 15).