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Three Weeks of BC Boys on the PGA TOUR West Coast Swing

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:14 Sunday, 15 February 2015 15:42

Alfie Lau/iG

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By the time the final putt dropped on another brilliant day in Northern California and Brandt Snedeker won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the second time in three years, the best British Columbia golfers had already hightailed it out of the Monterey Peninsula.

Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor will be getting ready to play practice rounds at Riviera for the Northern Trust Open this week while Roger Sloan is back in Houston to work on his game in anticipation of his next PGA TOUR stop, hopefully in Florida.

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No Cheering In The Press Box, Except For Wayne Gretzky

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2015 19:54 Saturday, 14 February 2015 19:15

by Alfie Lau
 

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One of the most basic questions a reporter asks any subject is “How does it feel?”
 
It’s an easy opener for most “happy” stories, such as a player winning a championship or for someone who is smiling.
 
But ask that question to someone who’s lost something unimaginable or someone who’s going through visible pain and it’s not such a nice question.

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Chasing John Daly And New England Clam Chowder

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2015 09:49 Saturday, 14 February 2015 09:19

by Alfie Lau
 

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The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is the toughest non-Major to cover simply because of the sheer numbers: 156 golfers on 3 different courses all spread out over 17 Mile Drive.
 
Most reporters start planning their days when the tee times come out, but at Pebble Beach, the best laid plans often go to pot by lunchtime Thursday.
 
Say, for example, you wanted to cover the marquee grouping of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, who also happen to have celebrity partners Jake Owen and Wayne Gretzky with them.

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Pebble Beach Golf’s Biggest Celebrity Party

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:03 Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:35

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Alfie Lau/iG

The invitations were quietly dropped off at each reporter’s desk and the slovenly masses quickly changed into their best khakis and least objectionable sports jackets to head down to the Pebble Beach Room for the annual CBS Party on Wednesday night.

Master of ceremonies Jim Nantz welcomed several hundred guests to the swanky party as the network patted itself on the back for a good job covering golf.

With Whistling Straits owner Herb Kohler having flown in from Wisconsin especially for this party (and to escape the frigid Midwest winter) and sitting in the front row, Nantz helped rally the troops as it appears CBS is now the golf network to be reckoned with.

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What’s the Best Course in the Monterey Peninsula and the Solitude of Vijay

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 16:56 Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:16

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Alfie Lau/iG

Quick quiz: What can you tell me about the 12th through 16th holes at the Pebble Beach Golf Links?

Well, other than the fact they are inland holes, they don’t hold a candle to the iconic par three 7th, the heavenly 8th, which features Jack Nicklaus’ favourite second shot in golf or the finishing par-5 18th, the ultimate risk-reward hole with anything left finding a watery grave in Stillwater Cove.

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