The players lauded the Pebble setup as tough but fair. Then again, after so many recent slip-ups, the USGA was never going to fully tighten the screws.
Pacific Grove is charming, quirky and raw throughout. But it’s the magnificent, linksy back nine upon which the course has built its reputation.
The problem is not Pebble Beach’s tangled rough, or tiny, sloping greens. It’s not the crosswinds blowing off Stillwater Cove. The problem is Brooks Koepka.
John Sawin, the director of golf at Pebble Beach, played in the U.S. Open Saturday despite not advancing through sectional qualifying.
Say this for the marquee group on Friday morning: they made it interesting. They also at times played some pretty good golf.
Lucas Bjerregaard, played Pebble Beach's par-5 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day, in inglorious fashion. Then the real theatrics began.
Andy Pope is focusing on actual golf this week at Pebble Beach. But he's also a devotee of Golden Tee, which he says requires some of the same skills.
Among the many charms of Pebble Beach is that it’s accessible from a public beach. Walk north along Carmel Beach and you can hike up to the 10th hole.
Throughout history, players have complained about the USGA's U.S. Open setup. But is there a relationship between whining and winning?
The PGA of America did not highlight the centennial of the Engineers PGA in any meaningful way last week, so let us now pay our respects.