Pebble Beach is a billionaire's paradise

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Pebble Beach is a special place. (USATSI)
Pebble Beach is a special place. (USATSI)

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It's Pebble Beach Pro-Am week which means, for once, the professional golfers are not the most wealthy folks at the golf tournament.

No, that would be the amateurs they're playing with.

There are two great stories that have come out of Pebble this week and the first involves Tiger Woods.

Kevin Sutherland tells the first one about Bill Gross, the co-founder of Pacific Investment Management. His fund manages $2 trillion, apparently. He's obscenely rich.

Anyway, the story goes that Gross thought he missed the amateur cut and went to the airport. He was notified that he actually made it and that he and Sutherland would be paired with Tiger the next day.

"He comes back from the airport, and the next day we're playing with Tiger," Sutherland said. "He was noticeably jittery, almost shaking. I found that odd, that you deal with billions of dollars but you're nervous playing with Tiger."

I would be too.

The other story is a big more ambiguous but just as great.

According to Doug Ferguson's reporting, one amateur who won the pro-am paid good money to the folks who carried him to the win.

"One executive is said to have tipped his pro's caddie $25,000 after winning the pro-am. It means that much to them."

A small fortune to most of us but the winner's fee to our friends playing Pebble this weekend.

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