History of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am:
Golf enthusiasts are looking forward to one of the PGA Tour’s most anticipated events, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament held annually in February. This prestigious Pro-Am Tournament attracts the finest pro golfers and an interesting array of local and national celebrity amateur golfers. Past champions have included Mark O’Maera, the only champ to win the tournament five times, Phil Mickelson who runs a close second with four wins, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Dustin Johnson, Payne Stewart, Tiger Woods, and Vijay Singh.
This long-running tournament started as a friendly get-together for a great game of golf, good whiskey, a clambake, and a chance to raise money for charity, and was hosted by singer Bing Crosby in 1937. Back then, Sam Snead won the tournament in three days of pouring rain, taking home an impressive $500 for first place. The first time the tournament was played here in Pebble Beach was 1947.
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am has become a favorite for the spectators, pro golfers, and the talented amateurs, all of whom truly enjoy the fabulous courses, fierce competition, and are proud of the charitable funds that are raised today. The history and meaning of the tournament touches many players, including celebrities like actor and comedian Ray Romano who has spoken about his pleasure at participating in a piece of history…combining his love of golf, the beautiful setting, and the chance to give back. Others, like Phil Mickelson who’s grandfather caddied here, have family history of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
So get your best game ready, make a date for February to be on the course as a spectator, or make plans to sit back with a glass of fine whiskey and a plate of tender clams and enjoy the broadcast of this historic event from the comfort of your favorite chair. Either way, you’ll never forget being a part of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament!