Dry weather greets players at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – This is certainly not the Pebble Beach these guys see in February. The forecast this week calls for just a 10-percent chance of precipitation, including next Monday for you playoff lovers. Bottom line: The U.S. Open could be 100-percent dry.
But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Sunday at Pebble was perfect – sunny, a hint of wind and very comfortable temperatures.
The driving range was not very busy in the mid-afternoon when I arrived.
Steve Stricker was waiting for Scott Verplank to play nine holes, but traffic was delaying Verplank, so Stricker spent time hitting wedge shots like laser beams up into the sky.
David Duval was focused at the end of the range, trying to find a key to his swing. Ryo Ishikawa was hitting balls, too, back on U.S. soil since his 58 in the final round of The Crowns last month in Japan.
As I left the range, I heard a voice behind me.
Butch Harmon strolled by with his new pupil, Dustin Johnson.
Sunday at Pebble on U.S. Open eve . . . it doesn’t get much better.