2010 U.S. Open Championship Highlights

Congratulations Graeme McDowell

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The 2010 U.S. Open Champion

Congratulations to Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open Champion. It was an amazing week and quite a celebration at Pebble Beach Resorts. We’d like to thank all the volunteers, spectators, fans and guests for their ongoing support and help. We are excited to continue the celebration in 2019, when the U.S. Open Championship returns to Pebble Beach for the sixth time!

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Meet some 2010 U.S. Open Volunteers

We want to acknowledge and thank the exceptional volunteers, more than 6,900 men and women, who gave their time and talent to make the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach an outstanding experience for everyone.

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It’s a Daunting Task to Feed Thousands of Hungry U.S. Open Spectators!

Good thing there is an amazing food and beverage team in place to make sure everyone is fed and happy. Go behind the scenes to see what’s cooking.

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U.S. Open Volunteers Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Meet Ruthie, a happy and busy employee at this year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. She's just one of the many U.S. Open staffers keeping the crowd safe and happy.

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Meet the Team that Helped Make Pebble Beach Golf Links Ready for Championship Play!

See what goes into preparing the grounds for one of golf’s most extraordinary events.

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How do we Keep the U.S. Open Players Comfortable?

Take a video tour of the 2010 U.S. Open players hospitality area at Pebble Beach.

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‘Early bird’ Shoppers Bag Unique Items at Merchandise Pavilion

Shoppers were out early at Pebble Beach, where even some of the contestants in the U.S. Open Championship, like PGA TOUR veteran David Toms, strolled the grounds with goodie bags.

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2010 U.S. Open Player Gifts

Meet Chuck Dunbar, Pebble Beach Golf Links Head Professional, and learn about the significance of this year's U.S. Open player gifts.

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McDowell Lives Out His Dream With U.S. Open Win View Story

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As a boy growing up along the rugged Portrush peninsula in Northern Ireland, Graeme McDowell would fantasize that he had two putts to win the U.S. Open Championship. He has now lived out that dream, two-putting for par to capture the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links to add his name to the Hall of Fame list of major champions at the legendary course.

Fittingly, in a championship where a score of par is the most meaningful, the 30-year-old McDowell posted an even-par 284 for the 72 holes to become the first European winner of the championship since England’s Tony Jacklin in 1970.

McDowell’s rounds of 71-68-71-74 left him one stroke ahead of France’s Gregory Havret, who was playing in his first U.S. Open, two clear of South Africa’s Ernie Els, and three ahead of the two top-ranked players in the world, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who tied for fourth at 287.

McDowell became only the third golfer from the United Kingdom to win a professional event at Pebble Beach. The others were Peter Oosterhius of England, who captured the 1982 and 1984 Spalding Invitational Pro-Am, and "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper, also of England, who won the 1926 Monterey Peninsula Open.

McDowell also is the only non-American to win any of the 15 United States Golf Association events held at Pebble Beach Golf Links, which already can start planning to host more international players as host for the 2018 U.S. Amateur and the 2019 U.S. Open championships.

"What a week," beamed McDowell, as he kissed and hugged the silver trophy, where his name will be etched with the 109 previous winners, include the four who won previously at Pebble Beach – Jack Nicklaus (1972), Tom Watson (1982), Tom Kite (1992) and Tiger Woods (2000). "I just can't believe I'm standing here with this thing right now. It's an absolute dream come true."

On the other hand, Sunday was a nightmare for Dustin Johnson, who was 6 under par and took a three-shot lead into the final round. Johnson, who came to the U.S. Open with back-to-back victories at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, self-destructed early and often en route to an 11-over-par 82 to finish in a four-way tie for eighth. Johnson’s collapse was reminiscent of Gil Morgan in 1992, when he held the 54-hole lead at Pebble Beach and finished with an 81 to tie for 13th.

In contrast to the thrilling golf that led up to Sunday – including Phil Mickelson’s fabulous 66 Friday and Woods’ sensational Saturday charge into contention with his own 66 – the closing round was more of a survival test that nobody seemed able to survive.

"Good golf got rewarded and bad golf got punished...pretty badly," McDowell said.

While Pebble Beach welcomed a new champion to its U.S. Open history, it said goodbye to another: Watson, who played his first national championship in the 1972 Open at Pebble Beach, and expects 2010 was his last. At age 60 and playing on a special exemption from the USGA, Watson exceeded all expectations, finishing tied for 29th.

Upon completing his round, Watson turned and threw his golf ball into Stillwater Cove, just as he did the day he won in 1982.

As is the custom, the U.S. Open concluded on Fathers Day, and McDowell celebrated with his father, Kenny, who was on hand to watch his son’s triumph.

"This is just a special golf course to win," McDowell said. Pebble Beach, it's such a special venue. To join the list of names – Tom Kite, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus – I can't believe I'm standing here as a Major Champion."

Cycling Medical Team Rolling Around Golf Course View Story

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Bicycles have been strictly prohibited from Pebble Beach Golf Links this week, unless you happen to be one of the 20-plus members of the elite Bike Medic Team.

"I hear people saying, ‘Why do they get to have their bikes?’" said Leslie Trapin, and Emergency Room nurse from Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). "And then they see our red medic armband and know why."

Made up of CHOMP doctors and nurses, the two-wheel roving medical staff has been riding throughout the grounds during the U.S. Open Championship on their own personal bicycles, which allow them to respond quickly – and quietly.

"The bicycles are invaluable," said Robin Hamelin, battalion chief for the Pebble Beach Fire Prevention Department. "It allows us to be very, very flexible and get there quickly."

The Bike Medic Team is part of the all-encompassing volunteer medical staff of close to 80, which includes doctors, nurses and paramedics. "The bikes can get around to places the golf medical carts can’t," said Skip Ratstep, one of the Monterey County paramedics who is helping coordinate on-course response. "And they are silent. I guess the golfers like that."

With 38,500 spectators at the legendary links every day of the competition, traffic flow – both vehicular and human – inevitably clogs. "But once people know why you need to get by, they let you through," Trapin said. "It’s really been great."

Dr. Mike Smith, the Chief of Staff at CHOMP, is an avid cyclist who lives at Pebble Beach, said he is pleased to see how well the Bike Medic Team has worked.

"In nine years, when the Open comes back, I would like to see even more of us out here," he said. "I know I would definitely do it again."

Pebble Beach Caddies Rooting For One Of Their Own View Story

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Although he has not carried a bag around the Pebble Beach Golf Links for a while, Erick Justesen is still officially on the list of caddies available at the Resort. But he can’t work this weekend, because he’s still playing in the U.S. Open Championship.

"This is surreal," said Justesen, 25, a former Cal-State Monterey Bay golfer who caddied at The Links at Spanish Bay as well as Pebble Beach full-time from 2003-2005. "I am used to guys yelling at me, ‘Hey, get me a club.’"

Justesen, who competed on the Nationwide Tour last year and is on the Canadian Tour this year, said that no matter how he finishes in the championship, making it to Pebble Beach has been a great experience. "It’s pretty tough to hang your head walking down the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach," said Justesen, who now lives in Citrus Heights, Calif. "It was great having a crowd out there to lift me up. Even with a rough day, I can’t help but smile."

Caddying for the Pebble Beach caddie is – what else? – another Pebble Beach caddie, Stephen Planchon, in his fourth year at the Resort. He and Justesen met as freshmen at CSUMB and have been friends ever since.

"We’ve had tons of caddies come out to root for us," Planchon said.

Justesen said he was not sure what his competitive schedule is going to look like the rest of 2010, but really doesn’t want to think about it yet. "I’m milking it this week," he said. "It’s just great to be back at Pebble Beach."

And It’s nice that people are yelling for him, instead of at him.

Players Deal With Stress At Pebble Beach View Story

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As they compete under pressure this weekend at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the contenders for the U.S. Open Championship should act more like tourists.

"Walk slowly, look at the scenery, take deep breaths," advised Laird Small, Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy and author of the newly released, "Play Golf The Pebble Beach Way" (Triumph, 2010).

"Stress is what makes them crack," said Small, who has helped beginners and tour pros alike for nearly 25 years at Pebble Beach. "They let their emotional guard down, which can lead to the crumbling of their game."

Those cracks start to show through certain player body language:

  • Kicking the ground after a shot
  • Walking noticeably faster than normal
  • Arms folded in an "unapproachable" manner
  • Staring at a shot like it just stole his wallet
  • Avoiding any interaction with the gallery
  • Punching his caddie in the nose

OK, so the last one was not really on Small’s list of stress tip-offs. But, if a player does take a swing at his caddie, you can bet it’s not a good sign, either.

However, just because a player takes a lot of extra swings with his club, or putter, it more likely is a signal of concentration, than anxiety.

"When you see a player doing that, they are trying to rehearse, or create the shot," Small said. "What they really are working on is feel...the feel of the stroke, the feel of what the ball will do, the feel of the club in their hands."

Small said it’s also a good sign if a player takes a practice swing after finishing a bad shot, calling it the SAT process: "The player is assessing whether it was an issue with Strategy, Aim, or Trust in the swing," he said.

Without question, there will be players who crack this weekend. But there will be at least one who won’t.

Bleachers Offer Best Seats in The House View Story

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Take it from a self-professed "major tournament junkie" who attends everything from the Ryder Cup, to the Masters and U.S. Open: The best seat in the house this weekend at Pebble Beach Golf Links is about four rows from the top of the bleachers behind the par-3 12th hole.

"You have Carmel Bay right here, the pine trees are all around us and the breeze is coming off the water, you get the ‘feel’ of Pebble Beach all right here," said Susan Fry, of Denver, who was seated behind the 12th with her father, Dr. Robert Green, who now has seen all five U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach.

But just as much as the Fry's enjoy their viewpoint, so do the fans in the bleachers at the seventh, eighth, 17th and 18th holes, which are just part of the 15,000 bleacher seats available throughout the legendary links. The scenery from all the bleachers is world-class, as are the golfers who are playing through.

"The views from up here are amazing," said Barry Shames, of Livermore, Calif., from his perch at the 17th green. "And it’s so interesting to see the putting and chipping around the green. It’s amazing how the players handle it."

Besides the golf shots, the fans in the stands at No. 17 also gaze out across Stillwater Cove and can see the fourth, fifth and sixth holes, as well as the 7th tee, which curl around the cliffs. And like all the bleacher venues, it’s a short walk to nearby food and beverage tents, and restrooms, which are as close to “all the comforts of home” as you can get on a golf course.

All weekend, the galleries at Pebble Beach will max out at 38,500, which is the number of tickets that have been sold for each day. Most of them will stroll around the grounds, either following a particular player, or threesome, or just to see one of the most treasured golf courses in the world.

But some will just stay right in their comfortable bleacher seat, open to all spectators, free of charge, each available on the first-come, first-served basis. That allows fans to find a good seat and stay the whole day, or move around to another venue, if they wish.

"The crowds are so large, instead of just getting a glimpse of a player, you can stay right here and see somebody work their way through the whole green," said Kyle Robinson, of Menlo Park, Calif., who was perfectly content with his spot at the 12th.

As were Jeff and Sally Shlosberg of Minnesota, who were in the top row of the bleachers at No. 12, able to turn around and look up the 13th fairway to also watch players hit their approach shots there. "This is fabulous," Sally Shlosberg said.

"But we’ll move...if the money is right," Jeff Shlosberg chimed in.

Sorenstam Just Another Golf Fan At Pebble Beach View Story

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Her golf clubs are in the trunk, but Annika Sorenstam is just having fun watching the 2010 U.S. Open this week, pretty much like everyone else.

"Look at this, there is nothing like Pebble Beach," the three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion said Thursday as she looked out at the 18th green. "There is no other location with this mixture of great golf, great food and great wine."

These days, food and wine are as important to Sorenstam as golf, since she retired from the LPGA Tour in 2008, following a career that put her in both the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame. "I am a 10-handicap in the kitchen," joked the 72-time tour winner. "And wine has become a passion of mine." So much so that she has developed her own wine label and is eagerly awaiting the release this year of her first chardonnay as a follow-up to her well regarded ANNIKA Syrah.

Sorenstam is becoming a regular guest at Pebble Beach this year. Besides this week, she attended the Pebble Beach Food & Wine culinary event in April and plans to return in November for one of her rare competitive appearances, in the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational, a unique non-tour pro-am that she played in once before, finishing second in 1999.

"I don’t know if I will be a pro or an amateur," Sorenstam said with a laugh. "Right now, my game is more like an amateur."

Regardless of how she is playing these days, Sorenstam has maintained a special appreciation for the USGA national championships and has agreed to be the Honorary Chairman for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, site of her first U.S. Women’s Open victory in 1995. And she still can relate to what the contestants are experiencing this week at Pebble Beach.

"I know the feelings that you have on the first tee of this championship," said Sorenstam, now 39 and the mother of a 10-month-old girl, Ava. "I know that the U.S. Open is about who makes the least numbers of mistakes. And I can look at that rough and see that I don’t want any part of it."

Nonetheless, Sorenstam plans to give Pebble Beach Golf Links a whirl on Monday, as part of a special outing she is doing with Lexus, the official vehicle of Pebble Beach Resorts, and automotive partner of the USGA.

Watson & His Wedge Both On Display This Week View Story

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The sand wedge Tom Watson used for his famous chip-in during the 1982 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links is not in his bag anymore, but it’s with him this week, sort of. The club is on loan for display at the Lexus Performance Pavilion, positioned along the main entrance to the golf course.

For anyone with a sense of golf history, or the legends and lore of Pebble Beach, both are worth seeing this week.

Part of the interactive guest experience that is available at the championship and open to the public at no charge, the Lexus display features the real Wilson Dyna-Power sand wedge Watson used in 1982. (It is not a replica, as is the U.S. Open trophy that is set up for photo ops.)

In the final round of the 1982 Open, Watson found the deep rough along the left of the 17th green, pin-high. Before he played, Watson’s caddie, the late Bruce Edwards, told him, "Get it close." Watson said, "Get it close? Hell, I’m going to make it." And he did, chipping in for a birdie to record on of the most famous shots in golf history.

Watson’s relationship with Pebble Beach goes beyond that dramatic shot, or that memorable triumph. As a Stanford undergrad in the 1960s, he drove down to play the course so often that starter Ray Parga finally just let him on for free. Watson he also took lessons from then-head pro Art Bell. Later, Watson played virtually every year in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which he won twice, and eventually put his own imprint on the Peninsula golf landscape by co-designing The Links at Spanish Bay.

"I've got a wonderful appreciation of this area," Watson said. "There is such a rich fabric of golf at Pebble Beach."

Watson, 60, whose first U.S. Open was in 1972 at Pebble Beach, may be playing in his last, gaining entry this year through a special exemption. He said he would only play in the championship again if he earned his way by winning the U.S. Senior Open.

Through the years, Watson has re-created the chip at the 17th several times, including it as part of his new "Lessons Of A Lifetime" DVD set. And for the video, he made it again... "But, I won’t tell you how many times it took me."

Pebble Beach Pair Caddie For Open Hopefuls View Story

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Two of the best-known caddies at Pebble Beach Golf Links are on bags this week for the U.S. Open Championship. Casey Boyns and Bobby “Rocket” Lytle, both local legends, hope their intimate knowledge of the course and the small, subtle greens will have a positive impact on their pros.

Boyns, 54, an accomplished player who won two California State Amateur titles at Pebble Beach, is caddying for Jason Allred, while Lytle, 51, who has caddied twice in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, is on the bag for Ty Tryon.

“Whether you are a caddie or a player, we’re all chasing the U.S. Open dream,” said Lytle, who missed the cut with Bob Mann in 1982 and made the cut with Darryl Donovan in 1992. “And if you do this for a living and it’s on your home course, you want to be part of it.”

Lytle, who has walked the Pebble Beach fairways and reading its greens since 1977, has caddied in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for 33 straight years. His loops have included Donald Trump and he finished fourth with pro Ronnie Black and sixth with pro Kevin Chappell.

“I have a good young player who is chasing the dream, just like me,” Lytle said of Tryon, 26, who is famous for earning his PGA TOUR card as a 17-year old.

Boyns, who grew up in Pacific Grove, began caddying at Pebble Beach as a teenager and has been full-time since 1981. In the meantime, he went on to become one of California’s greatest amateur golfers, named the Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year four times, with 14 NCGA individual victories – and packing his own bag for most of them. And in 2009 he was inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame.

Actually, Boyns is responsible for Lytle being in this year’s U.S. Open, passing his comrade’s name onto Tyron. “I owe Casey a dinner for that,” Lytle said. If Tyron makes the dream come true this week, they can reserve the best table at Club XIX.

Golf Media Gathers From Around The Globe View Story

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The world’s golf media has assembled at the world’s most famous U.S. Open Championship site to chronicle the developments as the world’s elite golfers test themselves against golf’s ultimate competitive conditions.

Award-winning writers, broadcasters and photographers from close to 40 countries can be just as competitive, as more than 1,000 credentialed media look to uncover every little detail about the championship, both on and off the course.

The media headquarters is a massive tent complex that is that is large enough for the national dressage finals – which is appropriate, since it is constructed adjacent to the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.

The multi-tent facility includes an 18,000 square-foot main “room,” which seats 375 media in rows of cubicles and a couple dozen radio booths, all beneath a pitched ceiling that reaches 60 feet in height. In addition there is a separate 2,400-square foot photographers’ tent and 6,000 square-foot dining pavilion, where Pebble Beach is overseeing media food and beverage service all day long.

Equally important are the morsels of information that are served in the Interview Room, an attached 3,600 square foot tent where Tuesday the media and 10 select players began formal sit-down sessions, which result in video, audio and print content that is distributed world-wide. The player list was as international as the media, with guests including England’s Lee Westwood, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, South Africa’s Ernie Els, Italy’s Molinari brothers (Edoardo and Francesco), and USA favorites Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

The interviews covered topics that ranged from the speed of the fairways and greens to the speed of divorce proceedings:

“The fairways are running more than they did 2000 and the greens are going to be very tricky,” Els said on that topic.

“It’s none of your business,” Woods responded to the other.

Mostly, the media wanted to know about how the course would play, while the players continually expressed their pleasure to be back at Pebble Beach for the championship.

“It seems a little bit like the home of the U.S. Open in the States,” Harrington said.

“I don’t think you can get a better venue any place in the world,” Els said.

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Curious about what actually goes into the preparation for an event of this magnitude? No detail is too small! Enjoy these “fun facts” from the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

  • 6,500 volunteers are on hand to ensure a great event
  • 175 courtesy cars provided for competitors’ use by Lexus and Toyota
  • Approximately 1,500 media from 25 countries are at Pebble Beach to report on the Open
  • 57 mowers and trimmers will be used to prepare the course each day
  • 4,400 tons of bunker sand will be used
  • Food and beverage consumption looks something like this: 95,000 hot dogs, 30,000 hamburgers, 30,000 chicken breasts, 130,000 buns, 200,000 prawns, 850 pounds of smoked salmon, 55,000 pounds of beef, and 180,000 servings of beer!

21 year-old NCAA Champion earns spot at U.S. Opens View Story

Having recently won the NCAA Championship, in addition to being selected for the Arnold Palmer Award as the top player in Division I college golf, 21 year-old Scott Langley is on his way to Pebble Beach to play in the 2010 U.S. Open Championship.

Back in 2006, Langley, then 17, was the junior partner of pro Dana Quigley when they teamed up to take the First Tee Open, the unique Champions Tour event played annually at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. Langley, from Manchester, Mo., helped his team by 19 shots for 54 holes as he and Quigley shot 195 for a total of 21 under par.

Having just finished his junior year at the University of Illinois, Langley is looking forward to his return to the Monterey Peninsula, which he earned by winning the only spot available at his Sectional Qualifying location at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Louis. He also was medalist in his Local Qualifying tournament.

“Pebble Beach is the coolest place I've ever played,” Langley said after his pair of 66s for a 132 won by three shots in the Sectional. “Having a little experience there should help, although I'm sure it will be set up differently. I want to just have fun and enjoy the experience.”


U.S. Open Coming Back To ‘Celebrate’ In 2019

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Pebble Beach Golf Links and the USGA again will celebrate a Centennial together, when the U.S. Open Championship returns for a sixth time in 2019.

Pebble Beach, which hosted the USGA’s Centennial U.S. Open in 2000, will welcome back the championship in 2019, when the legendary links is celebrating its own Centennial Anniversary.

“Pebble Beach and the U.S. Open have become synonymous,” said William L. Perocchi, Chief Executive Officer of Pebble Beach Company. “There have been so many memorable moments that have happened here. Each Open has been special.”

As final preparations are being made for Pebble Beach to host this year’s U.S. Open, the USGA announced its intent to extend its relationship with Pebble Beach, not only with the 2019 U.S. Open, but also setting the 2018 U.S. Amateur for Pebble Beach.

The back-to-back championships will be a follow-up to the 1999 U.S. Amateur and 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Just as in 1999, the first two rounds of stroke-play qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Amateur will be held at Spyglass Hill.

“Pebble Beach is a magical place,” said Tom O’Toole, chairman of the USGA championship committee. “It is one of our most treasured U.S. Open sites.”

Pebble Beach made U.S. Open history in 1972 when it became the first championship played on a course that is open to the public. The U.S. Open has since returned in 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010.

The USGA’s relationship with Pebble Beach goes back almost to the beginning of the links themselves. Pebble Beach hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1929, 1947 and 1999, and the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1940 and 1948. The 1942 U.S. Amateur was scheduled for Pebble Beach, but was canceled because of World War II.

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