Steve Stricker is right: What sense does it make hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February?
It looks like once again, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is going to be a big mess, with rain and soggy conditions expected, and why shouldn’t we have expected this? Steve Stricker, who won this past week at Riviera Country Club and vaulted into the No. 2 position in the world, is sitting out, citing weather as a big reason why he’s not in the field.
Stricker isn’t being a baby, he’s being practical. Monterey isn’t in California’s desert, nor is it in temperate SoCal. It’s well north, where the weather in the winter time is probably more unpleasant than the Madison shack he bangs balls out. Last year, Dustin Johnson won the AT&T after the final round was canceled after a week of heavy rain and wind gusts.
It was bizarre that the Bob Hope Classic was practically rained out in sunny Palm Springs, but it’s no coincidence Pebble Beach faces this kind of threat so often, which can only dampen the prospects of the strongest possible field. February is Monterey’s second wettest month behind January with an average of over 3.8 inches per year. March isn’t much better, but April is just over 1 inch average, while less than half an inch is measured between May and September.
It also doesn’t make sense that the PGA Tour’s Pro-Am events are so close to each other. If the AT&T Pro-Am was to be hosted sometime between April and September, the chances of sunny weather isn’t only dramatically improved, but it might even help the Bob Hope find a sponsor since it’s somewhat the ugly duckling Pro-Am for the time being.
Anything would seemingly beat hosting a PGA Tour event on a golf course during its off-season. What course other than Pebble would the tour even dare consider doing so?
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Don't you ever listen to weather forecast ?
I've been watching this tournament since its days as the "Crosby Clambake" and it has been rained out few times.
Your assertion that the weather is better in Wisconsin, this time of year than it is in Monterey is just plain Idiotic, very few people in ANY part of the US would gladly trade for the Winter Weather of Monterey.
It is sad to see such misinformation, and I sure hope you are a pretty well unknown "Journalist" and with this kind of "Poppycock" you will stay that way (Unknown). If per chance you do have a day job by all means keep it!!!
I got so mad, I didn't type any more factual than Brandon did
"very few people in ANY part of the US would gladly trade for the Winter Weather of Monterey."
Should have left off "very few" ackkkkk this gobbledegook writing is contageous--I'm OUTTA HERE
I think I will become a "Johnson Fan" alto I would still like to see Phil do better. As for Stricker---Hey Buddy---at least watch the weather forecasts by "Qualified Forecasters"!!!!