The Pro-Am tournament sees some of the biggest names in both golf and the entertainment industry take to the links in an epic 54 hole tournament held every year at Pebble Beach, California. Typically held in February and spread across three different courses (currently Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club), the Pro-Am tournament is a huge pleaser for both the players and the crowds. Last year D.A. Points and Bill Murray took home the championship trophy and will be defending their hard-earned title this year.
As Murray confessed to Golf.com, there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with victory. “Everyone asks me what it’s like to be the champion. It’s not ‘Hello, how are you? Are you having fun? How are the kids?’ It’s like a thousand times people saying ‘Are you going to perform in bed tonight? Are you going to step up and be a real man?'”
And yet, Murray has not let this fear of failure prevent him from relaxing out on the course. He hasn’t really been practicing and, by his own admission, says that this week will be the most golf he’ll play for the rest of the year.
Other notable pairings this year include Paul Stankowski and Andy Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Skip McGee, Matt Jones and Don Cheadle, and Tiger Woods and Tony Romo. Perhaps this is the year that Woods reclaims his title? His last victory at the Pro-Am was in 2000. Then again, the come-back spark could just as well be alive in Mickelson, who won the Pro-Am in 2007.
The tournament was first formed in 1937 by Bing Crosby and hosted originally at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Sam Snead won the first tournament and received a check for $500 for his victory (these days the prize fund is approximately $6,400,000 so the times are definitely a-changin’). Past pro-golfers to compete in the tournament include Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh, and Davis Love III. Notable celebrities to take to the links in the Pro-Am include Kevin Costner, Carson Daly, George Lopez, and Justin Timberlake. The starting field is comprised of 156 professionals paired with 156 amateurs. Each day, 52 two-man teams play on one of the three courses. On the final day, the teams that make the cut will play on the Pebble Beach Golf links.
Here’s hopin’ the weather holds up through the tournament!