|2012 ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Results & Wrap Up
During the second week of February, the glitterati of the celebrity world and the cream of the PGA crop converged on California’s Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. Initially held seventy five years ago and approximately four hundred twenty five mile south of its current venue, the tournament has raised more than ninety four million dollars benefiting hundreds of Northern California charities. Following a record eight million plus last year, this year’s event is expected to bring the total raised to over one hundred million dollars.
Despite overcast skies portending downpour, thousands of spectators flocked to view the bevy of movie stars, musicians, professional athletes and newsmakers who flocked to arguably the most beautiful course in the world to play alongside the worlds best golfers. It would seem that all in attendance got what they came for. The celebrity roster included actors Ray Romano, Anthony Anderson, Josh Duhamel and George Lopez, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, head coach Jim Harbaugh and the tournament’s returning champion actor Bill Murray.
Aside from star watching and autograph seeking, the fans were treated to quite a thrilling golf tournament. Phil Mickelson shot a blistering eight under par 64 to overtake South Korean Charlie Wi, who entered the final day with a four stroke lead. The lefty from San Diego finished the tournament at seventeen under par for a four round total 269, followed by Wi two strokes back. Rounding out the top five were Ricky Barnes, Australian Aaron Baddeley and, tied for fifth, Kevin Na and Dustin Johnson, at four, five and six strokes behind, respectively.
The win marked Mickelson’s 40th PGA tour victory and the fourth time he has hoisted the trophy at Pebble Beach. The Pro-Am pairings provided their own dramatic finishes, the team of Walker Cup veteran Brian Harman and Group O CEO Gregg Ontiveros (17) overcame a three stroke deficit entering the final round to tie with 2008 PGA Player of the Year Padraig Harrington and his playing partner, Irish billionaire horse owner J.P. McManus (14) at 35 under par. There is no playoff for Pro-Am tying scores. Stockton, California native Ricky Barnes and New England Patriots head coach Bell Belichick finished at 33 under followed by 10 year PGA Tour veteran Hunter Haas and Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoopes (14) finishing four strokes back and Australian pro Steven Bowditch and actor Ray Romano (17) at five strokes behind the winning team.
In the final analysis, though, the score barely matters. The images more likely to stay with spectators are Bill Murray stalking the fairways camouflaged in a foliage ghillie suit; George Lopez tossing aside his driver after a solid swing as though he had just launched a walk off home run or the hooded, ever taciturn Belichick smiling and overtly enjoying himself. What more could a fan ask for?
(#) Denotes amateur player handicap.
Demetrius R. Evans ~ Copyright © 2012, CelebrityGolf.com