The Links: How Pebble Beach Pro-Am got started

Pebble Beach is one of the best tracks on Tour. (Getty Images) 

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Cool story on how the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am got started and why it has endured: 

When Bill Murray comes out and entertains the gallery, it's not very different from what Bob Hope and Phil Harris did back in the '40s. Some core golfers get offended by it, but I remind them that the Pro-Am is a very special tournament that allows celebrities to be buffoons on the golf course. Either the pros approve of it or they can pass on the event. (ESPN)

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Shane Bacon and Jay Busbee discuss whether Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods will have a bigger year. (Yahoo)

Bacon tabs Dustin Johnson as Pebble's winner. (Yahoo)

Davis Love III will miss six-to-eight8 weeks. (ESPN)

Stop what you're doing and read the Samuel L. Jackson story at the bottom of this post. (Golf Channel)

Wow, Rory McIlroy will play the Shell Houston Open. (AP)

Rex Hoggard on why we don't need too many No. 16 holes at TPC Scottsdale on Tour. (Golf Channel)

Can Nick Watney , Charles Howell III  and Russell Henley keep these crazy numbers up? (GolfDigest)

Good question here: Which celeb would you want to play Pebble with? (Golf Channel)

Billy Horschel read all the Twilight books in two weeks? (

Fashion update for the week. I agree that Brandt Snedeker was rocking it. (GolfDigest)

Lee Westwood on his preparation for playing with his dad this week: "If it’s Heineken, it’s Heineken. If it’s practice, it’s practice." (GolfWeek)

I actually agree that Padraig Harrington is due for a win. Almost picked him this weekend. (

Hunter Mahan is excited about the way he's playing. "Every day's an exploration -- figuring about my swing, and what works, doesn't work. Short game, putting. Everything. Strange, as I think of it now. I've been playing golf a long time but I still have a lot to learn about it." (PGA Tour)

Phil Mickelson has only gone back-to-back at a tournament one time. (USA Today)

Whoa, skinny David Duval . (Golf Channel)

I think Snedeker can be the best player in the world. (PGA Tour)


Retief Goosen will (literally) be standing taller at Pebble this weekend. (Reuters)

These two South Korean golfers might be playing Pebble this weekend, but that's about all they have in common. (New York Times)


Terrific piece on golf apparel company employees and what they do to stay sane -- surf, of course. (GolfWeek)

These look like something Ian Poulter would wear. (Golf WRX)


3-6 p.m. on Golf Channel -- Pebble Beach Pro-Am


Andy Roddick with Wayne Gretzky and Dustin Johnson.

Dustin Johnson and Wayne Gretzky looking pretty goofy.

Just for fun, probably the most famous tournament in Pebble Beach history.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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