Pebble Beach update - Hello wind and rain, goodbye amateurs
For the first time since 1998, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am eliminated final-round play for amateurs as the Monterey Peninsula was buffeted by heavy winds and drenched with rainfall Sunday morning. Tournament officials deemed two winners: Joe Rice, a 17 handicap who played with tournament leader Dustin Johnson, and Ron Christman, an 18 handicap who played with Chris Stroud, who trails Johnson by seven shots. Rice and Christman stood at 23-under 193 through 54 holes.
Officials shortened the amateur event to give the 68 professionals the best chance of finishing the tournament Sunday. The final round is already delayed by two hours as water has started puddling on a few greens. Play is scheduled to begin at 10:45 am local time, with the leaders teeing off at 12:45 p.m. local time. Tournament director Mark Russell said Saturday that they wanted to complete 72 holes and would consider postponing the final round to Monday, but more rain is forecast then, too.