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One Hundred Million Reasons to Smile View Story
The annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am does a lot of things well. The event brings together the greatest golfers across the globe with some of the brightest stars in entertainment and the sports world. It also gives fans a unique opportunity to walk three of the most spectacular golf courses in the game. What this legendary tournament might do better than anything, though, is give back.
In 2012 alone, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am raised more than $10 million for local charities through the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Since the event’s inception in 1937, the tournament has surpassed more than $100 million in charitable donations, one of only two PGA Tour events to achieve the milestone.
This year, the Chevron Shoot-Out and 3M Celebrity Challenge during tournament week, will generate $200,000 for tournament charities. In addition, the Birdies for Charity program will continue to donate money to participating charities for every birdie made during the competitive rounds of the event. Since the program began in 2008, more than $1.2 million has been raised for Northern California organizations and their causes.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has a “longstanding tradition as a charitable leader,” and it’s easy to see why. With unparalleled milestones achieved each year, the tournament has made a major impact on Northern California, its residents and the charitable causes which it supports.
Fast Facts: A Primer on the 67th AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am View Story
Stats, facts or figures. Whatever you call them, the numbers associated with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am are interesting, unbelievable or downright outrageous. Here are a few of our favorites:
- 10: Current or retired professional athletes or coaches playing in the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, including an NFL MVP (Aaron Rodgers), a Super Bowl-winning head coach (Bill Belichick) and an 11-time world champion surfer (Kelly Slater)
- 11: Major champions in the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am field
- 3.327: Average score on hole No. 12 at Pebble Beach Golf Links during the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; the hole was the second hardest par 3 on the PGA Tour, yielding a bogey or worse for the professionals nearly 40% of the time
- $500: Winner's share, from the inaugural AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1937 won by Sam Snead, a far cry from today's $1.15 million first-place prize
- 5: Record for most victories at the event, held by Mark O’Meara; Phil Mickelson looks to tie that record in 2013
- 78: Holes-in-one recorded during competitive rounds in the event's history, including 15 by amateurs (such as Donald Trump, Roger Clemens and Randy Quaid)
- 2008: The last year the tournament was decided by a playoff, as Steve Lowery defeated Vijay Singh with a 7-foot birdie on the first playoff hole
- 9-under: Lowest final round by a champion, which Davis Love III carded in 2001
- 15,000: Hot dogs and buns (more or less) eaten annually at the event
- 2,000: Volunteers who contribute their time each year to make the event an outstanding success
Going for Green View Story
One of the highlights of the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is showing the beautiful and stunning scenery of Pebble Beach to thousands of visiting fans and millions of people around the world watching on television. The crashing waves in Stillwater Cove, the immaculate beaches along the shoreline and the pristine rolling fairways all add up to one legendary location, but it’s no small task to keep Pebble Beach as green as it can be.
With a tireless commitment equal to its rich history, Pebble Beach Resorts has always taken an active role in protecting its environment, native plant species and wildlife and the nearly 2,500 acres of resort facilities, golf courses, shoreline and forest many call home.
All three of the golf courses at Pebble Beach Resorts utilize 100% reclaimed water, saving more than four billion gallons of potable water for the community since 1994. More than 6.5 million pounds of solid waste is recycled every year by the Resorts, while another 2,500 tons of green waste is reused annually. Even special events like the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am see Pebble Beach Resorts composting food scraps for local use—more than 125 tons in the average year!
It's no surprise, then, that Pebble Beach Resorts received the Green Resort Award by GOLF Magazine in 2012-2013, as well as having one of the Top 10 Most Eco-Friendly Courses in the United States (Pebble Beach Golf Links) recognized by LINKS Magazine in 2012. For nearly a century, Pebble Beach has been a legendary location for golf, special events and unparalleled hospitality, and thanks to all the green initiatives the Resort proudly supports, it is easy to be excited for the next 100 years as well.
“The Triangle” – The Center of the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links View Story
There is nowhere else in the world of golf that combines so much drama, so much fun and so much beauty. For the game's greatest players who participate in the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, this place is a challenging trifecta that ultimately positions them for a spectacular Sunday finish or a disappointing early exit on Saturday. For the thousands of spectators, this legendary location provides an unparalleled perspective of three of the most unique and beautiful holes on Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Welcome to The Triangle.
Nestled between the fairways of holes No. 6, 8 and 14, the aptly named Triangle has been a favorite destination for golf fans during the various tournaments held at Pebble Beach Golf Links for nearly a century. For the AT&T Pro-Am, The Triangle provides an unprecedented perspective on the world's greatest golfers, 360-degree views of stunning Pebble Beach vistas and non-stop action for groups seeking birdie chances on the undulating par-5 6th, the intimidating par-4 8th and the humbling par-5 14th.
In 2012, fans were treated to Phil Mickelson's miraculous eagle on No. 6, taking the lead and never looking back en route to his fourth tournament title and 40th career PGA Tour victory. Over the years, it's no coincidence that the tournament’s eventual winner sees a few of his greatest shots on these three holes.
Even more excitement returns to The Triangle in 2013, as spectators will experience the chic Grey Goose Lounge, state-of-the-art AT&T Digital Clubhouse, event merchandise tent, concessions and grandstand overlooking the 8th green. Surrounded by the greatest vistas in the world and the greatest views in golf make The Triangle one of the most legendary settings in history.
An Englishman's Vacation for Lee Westwood View Story
It's easy to forget just how nerve-racking PGA Tour events can be, especially at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Despite the beautiful scenery, the celebrity laughs and the star-studded sights throughout Pebble Beach Resorts, the 156 professionals tackling three of the most challenging courses in the United States are forced to maintain extreme focus and intensity, all vying to add their name to the historic crystal trophy.
But for Lee Westwood, his week in Pebble Beach must feel more like a vacation in paradise. Ranked number eight in the Official World Golf Ranking, the Englishman is paired with his father John in the team Pro-Am competition.
“It's a very big tournament, but it's still quite a relaxed week being a Pro-Am format and playing with my dad,” Westwood said after his practice round on Wednesday. “He's the reason really I've got so good at the game. You know, he and my mum invested a lot of time in me when I was growing up.”
Time that has certainly paid off. Westwood has two PGA Tour victories, 35 wins worldwide and been a member on eight Ryder Cup teams. And despite not having played in the tournament since 2005, he made it clear just how special Pebble Beach is to him.
“If you're having a bad day and you can't concentrate on your golf, you can always have a look [a]round and find something beautiful to look at,” he said. ”It's just a magical place to play golf. I've always said it's my favorite place. People always ask me where I would like to play my last round of golf. If it wasn't a golf course by a hospital, it would be Pebble Beach.”
Westwood, also paired with Vijay Singh and amateur Shantanu Narayen, carded a 4-under 68 in his first round of the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Lefty and Pebble Beach: A Winning Combination View Story
“It just feels great to win this tournament,” said Phil Mickelson after winning the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am shortly after carding an incredible 8-under 64 during Sunday's final round. “It feels great, because it's a special place for me, Pebble Beach.”
Mickelson's memorable victory put him in good company, becoming only the second player in history to win the event four times (Sam Snead being the other). The only man left to catch? The “Prince of Pebble Beach” Mark O'Meara holds the record with five tournament victories. That's certainly not out of reach for the man they call “Lefty,” especially considering his history at Pebble Beach. With wins in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012, he joined Johnny Miller as the only players to record tournament victories in three different decades (Miller won in 1974, 1987 and 1994).
Mickelson made his professional debut at the legendary course at the 1992 U.S. Open, but his ancestry goes back another 70 years or so on the Monterey Peninsula. His grandfather Alfred Santos caddied at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course in the early 20th century, a piece of history that the four-time major champion proudly carries with him—both literally and figuratively. Mickelson uses a silver dollar ball marker every time he plays in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a memento given to him by his grandfather. Santos can be found in a famous caddie photo taken in 1917 taken at Del Monte in the course’s Pro Shop.
Playing in his 22nd season on the PGA Tour, Mickelson will look to rewrite the record books beginning Thursday at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. The last player to successfully defend his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was Dustin Johnson in 2010. The world's greatest, including Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood and Webb Simpson will do their best to thwart Mickelson's feat. But then again, Lefty has history on his side.
A New Perspective on the PGA Tour's Greatest Finishing Hole View Story
The 18th at Pebble Beach Golf Links is often called the greatest finishing hole in all of golf. It's also been home to some of the most dramatic moments at the historic AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. From Hale Irwin's miraculous carom off the seaside rocks in 1984 to Phil Mickelson's birdie capping an incredible final-round 64 in 2012, spectators along this legendary strip of shoreline are quick to see what makes this place so special.
For fans of the event and visitors to Pebble Beach, there's now a whole new way to make your own memories on the 18th hole. Opened in August 2012, The Bench at Pebble Beach Resorts welcomes guests to an unforgettable dining experience framed by the greatest view in golf. With an expansive dining room surrounding a lively bar, glass-enclosed conservatory and outdoor dining with fire pits, this casual, yet sophisticated dining experience is marked by bold flavors and globally-inspired cuisine. Think delicious entrees, unique small dishes and mouth-watering desserts, as well as one-of-a-kind craft cocktails and a wine and beer selection perfect for any guest.
The Bench name symbolizes the iconic location overlooking the 18th hole where the current ownership group agreed to acquire Pebble Beach in 1999. And much like the legendary tradition of its famous view, The Bench is destined to be a fan-favorite for years to come.
The Fan's Have Spoken View Story
“The greatest 18 golf holes, greatest meeting of land and sea. Simply the greatest!”
Willie, Facebook Fan
“Honestly, one of the most beautiful locations in the world.”
Fran, Facebook Fan
Sometimes, our fans simply tell the story better than we can. You know the golf courses inside and out, the service and elegance of our hotels and your favorite dishes in each one of the many restaurants at Pebble Beach Resorts. You also know the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, from legendary shots to unforgettable memories.
“May be one of Phil's best 18 ever played. Looking for more to come this year.”
David, Facebook Fan
“Pebble Beach Resorts is the place to get away and tee it high-let it fly. Best wishes on a terrific tournament weekend. The pairings, the people, the community and the resort are exceptional. Everyone should spend some time here.”
Gary, Facebook Fan
You're from all over the world and have visited this special corner of the globe many times over. Every year, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am reaches millions of our friends and family, and we are always so excited to share this wonderful event.
“I love Pebble Beach, hoping to get there again sometime. Bjorn in cold Sweden!”
Bjorn, Facebook Fan
“Thanks Bill Murray, for your outstanding work for charity! (Hope your brothers are there cheering you on).”
Frank, Facebook Fan
“We were very fortunate to play all the courses there and our friend made a hole-in-one on #17 at Pebble!! The pro shop gave him the flag from the pin and lots of logo golf balls!! Talk about celebrating at the Inn that night! What an experience for us and especially for our friend. (Love watching the Pro Am - always fun!)”
Cheryl, Facebook Fan
For more than 60 years, the tournament has been one of the most unique and famous sporting events in the world. The passion from our fans, the tireless work of more than 2,000 volunteers, the generous contributions from the event’s amateurs and, of course, the incredible play from the game's greatest golfers make this event what it is. Thank you for your continued support.
“Pebble Beach is like golf heaven on earth! Have a great 2012 event!!”
Michael, Facebook Fan
"Thank you Pebble Beach ... the golf events, the Concourse, the U.S. Open, the community giving, are all a tribute to a special place in the world. Those of us fortunate enough to call Pebble Beach home welcome you and gladly share our world with you."
Kathy, Facebook Fan
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
For more fan perspective and to submit your own story, visit www.Facebook.com/PebbleBeachResorts.
A Brandt New Champion: Recap of the 2103 AT&T Pro-Am View Story
After his second-round, bogey-free 66 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Brandt Snedeker was asked what it would be like to win here. “Any time you can get a win at Pebble Beach,“ he said, “it would be pretty special.”
Unbelievable is more like it. Snedeker completed a near flawless display on Sunday, capturing the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and his fifth career PGA Tour victory. The 32-year-old Nashville native carded six birdies, one eagle and only one bogey in his final round 65—his 16th round in the 60s in his past 17 on the PGA Tour.
The man they call “Sneds” also captured the team title of the Pro-Am with amateur partner Toby S. Wilt, sharing the victory with the team of professional Michael Letzig and John Erickson. Both teams finished the week at an astounding 31-under-par, edging out hilarious comedians, gridiron greats and Hollywood icons.
What an incredible week at Pebble Beach Resorts. Perfect weather framed Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course and more than 140,000 fans enjoyed the hospitality and service of The Lodge at Pebble Beach and The Inn at Spanish Bay. Thank you to all the PGA Tour professionals, world-renowned celebrities and special amateur participants, as well as the volunteers, employees and, of course, the terrific fans. We look forward to seeing you next year for the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
2012 Tournament Highlights
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