Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mother Nature KOs Pebble.

High winds and rain forced a "possible " Monday finish at the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am. "Possible" because more rain was predicted overnight and into Monday. The last Monday finish at this event was in 2000 when Tiger Woods came back from 7 down with 7 holes to play to capture the victory. Dustin Johnson has the prohibitive lead this year at -15, four in front of Mike Weir. Mark Russell, the PGA TOUR tournament director at Pebble, said if half of the field completes the fourth round on Monday, the tour is required to complete all 72 holes no matter how long it takes. Full field scores.

Nary a shot was struck today as winds toppled a 40 foot tree and water pooled on the greens. A victory by the long hitting Johnson would give him a spot in the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship at the end of this month as well as a seat in the year's first two majors. Strong rumor has it that Tiger Woods will make his return in the WGC event.

Tomorrow's action, if the tournament can be played, will be broadcast on the Golf Channel. Still, it's starting to evoke memories of the 1998 tourney that was completed in August after weather prevented the finish.

Til' next,


  1. I'm hoping for a Monday finish, I'd like to see Retief win one again. And I hope Tiger will play the Matchplay. If he's paired up against Japan's Ryo Ishikawa. That'd be interesting.

  2. Too bad the tourney got called. I was hoping to see the guys play in some tough weather. I was fortunate enough to have played Pebble about 5 years ago, but we had a perfectly sunny day with no wind. I would like to play the course in the most difficult conditions possible just to see what it would be like. Hopefully, Tiger comes back for match play and dominates.

  3. Match play is an iffy format to return in. However, Woods dominates the format.

    I would have liked to see them play today, but apparently it was impossible.

    I'm major jealous that you played Pebble Matt. Good for you!

  4. Luckily I had the entire Pebble Round and hotel stay paid for. It is definitely an expensive trip but if you ever have the chance, you will never forget it. The 7th, 8th, 17th, and 18th holes are absolutely ridiculous, especially the 8th. I can't imagine playing the course in heavy winds.