Plenty of familiarity in return to Pebble

Tom Lehman tees off at the 2009 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.


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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The best part about coming to Pebble Beach is that I know where everything is, mainly because we cover the AT&T every year.

So I went to my normal Starbucks for oatmeal and my combo ice tea/lemonade – known as an Arnold Palmer, except at Starbucks – and who do I run into? Tom Lehman. The former Ryder Cup captain was in the back, reading a book. Lehman said he was taking the day off, so he was at Starbucks checking e-mails and reading.  

We talked a little about golf, and he mentioned that he had gotten to Pebble early, worked Saturday and Sunday on the course, and after today’s day off would play nine holes on Tuesday and Wednesday, a very veteran approach.

Many younger or inexperienced players beat their brains in playing 18 holes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and they are dead when the championship starts.

So, after my repast at Starbucks, it was off to the Media Center. On the shuttle from Lot 15, which is somewhere on the property, a local caddie approaches me to chit-chat.  

We talk about the condition of the course, which I said (and he agreed) is in the best shape it has ever been. He mentioned the difficulty of finding balls in the rough, and how they had 6-hour-plus rounds due to the difficulty of the golf course for amateurs and those that think they are professionals.

Unfortunately, we have fog over the peninsula. The locals call it a marine layer, but anywhere outside of California, it’s fog. It could stay for an hour, a day or a week, but with the forecast for sunny, here’s hoping for some clearing.

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