Poppy Hills gets the boot

On their list of things to do in 2010, PGA Tour players can cross off “complain about Poppy Hills.”

That’s because the heavily-criticized ugly sister of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am rota has been dropped. The Monterey Peninsula Foundation has announced that Monterey Peninsula Country Club will replace it, joining Pebble Beach and Spyglass in the three-course lineup.

It figures to be a popular move with players, who have voiced their disappointment with Poppy Hills for years. Poppy joined the rotation in 1991, but with its five par-5s and lack of water views, it couldn’t stand up to Pebble or Spyglass.

Monterey Peninsula, on the other hand, is a heralded layout, though for the tournament, officials will use a combination of the two courses, the Dunes and the Shores.

It’s a return to the rota for Monterey Peninsula, which was part of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1947 to ’66, when it was replaced by Spyglass. At that time, Cypress Point was the third course in the rota before being dropped in 1990 and replaced with Poppy.

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