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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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Eight Championships Make For Nostalgic Opener At Pebble Beach

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 23:04 Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:31

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Alfie Lau/iG

The eight trophies by the front entrance at Pebble Beach were impossible to miss.

Five Super Bowl trophies won by the San Franciso 49ers and three World Series trophies won by the San Francisco Giants greeted fans Tuesday morning at Pebble Beach and it was a fitting introduction to the Chevron Amateur Challenge where teams of current Giants champions teed off against a who’s who of 49ers legends.

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Jason Day Wins Farmers Insurance Open, Hadwin And Sloan Cash Cheques

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:04 Monday, 09 February 2015 01:26

by Alfie Lau
 

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Aussie Jason Day beat J.B. Holmes, 2014 Champion Scott Stallings and Harris English in a two-hole playoff to take the 2015 Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
 
Day benefited from a little luck, as his chip from behind the 18th green during regulation stopped just before rolling into Devlin’s Billabong, the water hazard fronting the par-5 finisher.

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