|Original architect||Donald Ross (1928)|
|Course remodel||Ron Pritchard (2000)|
|Course Superintendent||John M. Gosselin|
|Number of TOUR events as host venue||2|
|Yardage history||6,995 yards|
|Grass||Bentgrass (tees, fairways, greens); Bentgrass, fescue (rough)|
|Tournament Stimpmeter||11-12 feet|
Bubba Watson erased a six stroke deficit on Sunday to force a playoff with Cory Pavin and Scott Verplank at the Travelers Championship. On the second playoff hole, Watson beat Verplank with a par, giving him his first career PGA Tour Victory.
When Watson sank a three foot par on the 16th to win, he began to cry as he embraced his wife Angie.
“I’m a very emotional guy,” he said. “I cry all the time. When I go to church on Sunday, I cry at church. I couldn’t get the ‘Yes’ out of ‘I do’ at my wedding. The pastor said, ‘You got to say it. You can’t just nod. You can’t nod.’
“Everybody has issues. My family had some issues. My dad is battling cancer. My wife last year thought she had a tumor in her brain. We got lucky with that one, and now, we’re battling with my dad. It’s emotional.”
This was the largest comeback on the tour since Padraig Harrington came back from six shots to win the 2007 British Open.
Watson earned $1.08 million and moved into eighth place in the FedEx Cup rankings.
Since TheLocalGolfer.com was built on golf course reviews. Here’s my review on Pebble Beach, from what I could see on television, of course.
Let’s start with the bad. The greens looked very dried out and burned with many brown spots. The players also criticized the greens.
The fairways looked very nice and gave the players a good bit of roll. The rough was your typical US Open thick rough that gave most of the players a fit. Most of the field actually hoped that the ball would find its way into a bunker on a miss.
Overall, Pebble Beach was in pretty good shape and the views are spectacular. I don’t need to state the obvious but with the history, layout and views, it’s a must play course.