PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – It’s a clear, sunny morning here, the kind of day when the views of Stillwater Cove are at their best.
Jarrod Lyle was making the most of the day by taking a stroll along Pebble Beach with his caddie, Bill Harke. As the U.S. Open’s first alternate, walking is all Lyle can do.
The U.S. Golf Association does not allow alternates to play practice rounds. They can walk the course and use the practice facilities.
“I was joking with my caddie that I should stand on the first tee and make imaginary swings,” the 28-year-old Australian said. “To me, it doesn’t make sense, but there’s a lot of things that don’t make sense to me.”
Lyle was the first alternate out of the sectional qualifier in Memphis after Chris Stroud and Charles Warren grabbed the final two spots in a five-man playoff.
Lyle is splitting time between the PGA and Nationwide tours this year after finishing 175th on the PGA Tour money list in ’09. He has made six of seven cuts this year on the PGA Tour, including top-10s at Mayakoba and the Zurich Classic. He has two top-5s in six Nationwide Tour starts this season.
Lyle opted to take his chances at Pebble Beach instead of playing the Nationwide Tour event in Fort Smith, Ark.
“I would’ve been kicking myself if I got a call Wednesday night to say somebody’s pulled out,” Lyle said. “I figured I may as well come (to Pebble Beach). What a good place in the world to have a week off anyway if you don’t get in.”