Golf at Pebble Beach Resort - Pebble Beach Golf Links - Historic Timline

Historic Timeline

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Since 1919, Pebble Beach Golf Links has been host to many incredible moments. Explore this historic timeline for a glimpse into the impressive history of our renowned California golf course.

1919 February 22 - Pebble Beach Golf Links officially opened.
1926 December - Del Monte hosted the 1926 Monterey Peninsula Open on Pebble Beach Golf Links, putting up a $5,000 purse and attracting most of the top golfers - professionals and amateurs - in the country. Harry "Light Horse" Cooper of Texas won with a 72-hole score of 293 - five over par.
1929 September - Pebble Beach hosted its first "Major" - the U.S. Amateur. Field favorite Bobby Jones tied for medalist honors but lost his first 18-hole match. Seven-time Minnesota Amateur champion (1921-1927) Harrison Johnston bested the field with a 4 & 3 win in the final 36-hole match against Oregon dentist Oscar Willing.
1935 August - In the heart of the Depression, Pebble Beach Golf Links hosted the California State Open which began in 1919 at Del Monte. Pebble Beach head professional Cam Puget won the event on his home course, pocketing the $300 first place money. Pebble Beach hosted the event again in 1936 and 1948.
1940 September - The USGA returns to Pebble Beach for the 1940 U.S. Women's Amateur, which was won by defending champion Betty Jameson. The USGA also scheduled the 1942 U.S. Men's Amateur for Pebble Beach Golf Links, but it was cancelled due to World War II.
1947 January - The Bing Crosby National Pro-Am golf tournament is played for the first time at Pebble Beach after being played for 6 years (1937-1942) at Rancho Santa Fe before World War II.
1947 September - The U.S. Amateur returns to Pebble Beach and was won by Skee Riegel.
1948 September - The U.S. Women's Amateur returns to Pebble Beach. Grace Lenczyk wins it.
1950 April - Among the first of the tournaments of the newly formed LPGA was the Weathervane Transcontinental Women's Open which was won by Babe Zaharias at Pebble Beach in 1950. It returned in 1951 and was won by Patty Berg.
1958 January - For the first time, television covers the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Bing Crosby hosts the broadcast of the final round live from the 18th green.
1961 September - Pebble Beach again hosts the U.S. Amateur, attracting one of the top international showings to date as it followed just weeks after the Walker Cup was held in Seattle. Jack Nicklaus saw Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time and decided he liked it - defeating Dudley Wysong 8 & 6 in the final match.
1972 June - Pebble Beach Golf Links hosts its first U.S. Open golf championship. Jack Nicklaus wins by 3 strokes with a 2-over par 290.
1977 August - Pebble Beach hosts its second Major- the 59th PGA Championship. Gene Littler leads wire-to-wire but falls back in the final round to end in a tie with Lanny Wadkins and set-up the first sudden-death playoff in major championship history. Wadkins wins on the third playoff hole.
1982 June - The U.S. Open is held at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the second time. It features the most talked about shot in golf: the battle between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. Watson needs birdie to win but completely misses the 17th green. To accomplish his mission, he sinks his legendary chip shot. He also birdies 18 and defeats Nicklaus by two strokes with a 6-under par 282.
1986 January - The Crosby Clambake becomes the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament.
1988 November - The second annual Nabisco Golf Championships (which in 1991 became The Tour Championship) brings the top 30 golfers to Pebble Beach. A rain delayed final round ends with Curtis Strange and Tom Kite tied; Strange wins on the second playoff hole to become the first golfer to win more than one-million dollars on the PGA TOUR.
1992 June - Pebble Beach Company hosts the U.S. Open for the third time. Under brutal winds, Tom Kite shoots an incredible par round and wins his first Major with a 3-under 285.
1998 Pebble Beach Company constructs the new 5th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links as designed by Jack Nicklaus. It opens for use in November, during the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.
1999 August - The 99th U.S. Amateur Championship becomes the ninth USGA championship held on Pebble Beach Golf Links and the first to also use Spyglass Hill for the medal qualifying rounds. In the final, Tennessee's David Gossett defeats South Korea’s Sung Yoon Kim 9 and 8.
2000 June - The U.S. Open returns for the 100th playing of the championship. Tiger Woods captures the trophy, besting his nearest competitor by 15 strokes and tying the lowest 72-hole score ever in the national championship.
2001 Golf Digest ranks Pebble Beach Golf Links as the No.1 Golf Course in America – the first time a public course has been so honored.
2010 The U.S. Open Championship returns for the fifth time to Pebble Beach Golf Links. A number of course enhancements, all under the direction of legendary Arnold Palmer, were completed to strengthen and enhance player appreciation, heighten the challenge, and exceed guest and championship expectations. Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland becomes the first European to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

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