Lowdown: This celebrity pro-am tournament always attracts a stellar cast list of top golfers and stars from the world of music and film. Competitors play three rounds over three courses – Pebble Beach, Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill with a final round at Pebble Beach. The tournament began life in 1937 and was established by Bing Crosby.
The celebrities lining up this year include: Rubens Barrichello, Justin Timberlake, Luke Wilson and, of course, Bill Murray. He’s famous for entertaining the galleries in this event and will, no doubt, have more high-jinx planned this time round.
Venue: Pebble Beach Golf Links, California
Date: Feb 4-10
Course stats: Pebble Beach Golf Links par 72, 6,816 yards; Poppy Hills par 72, 6,833 yards; Spyglass Hill par 72, 6,858 yards
Purse: $6,100,000Winner: $1,080,000
Defending champion: Steve Lowery (-10)
Thursday 12 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Friday 13 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Saturday 14 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Sunday 15 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Mike Weir – The Canadian has been playing solid golf for the last few months and has a superb record in this tournament. His last four finishes have been – 3, 2, 4, 3.
Phil Mickelson – Although not on great form at the moment, the Californian has a great record in the event having won on three occasions, most recently in 2007.
Padraig Harrington – The Irishman should be fully recovered from the surgery he had a couple of weeks ago. He managed a reasonable showing at the Buick last week (T24th) but will be keen to improve this time out.
Key hole: 7th at Pebble Beach. Only 106 yards, the key to negotiating this hole is managing the wind. Some days it can be a flick with a sand wedge, others it’ll require a knocked-down 7-iron.
Skills required: Versatility. Players will have to contend with the different challenges posed by three courses as well as playing with amateur golfers.