By John Casson
One of the most loved golf tournaments in the world, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am begins on February 10th to the delight of many golf fans. The brilliance of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the reason why people from far and wide come to witness the tournament is the fun and humility displayed by the athletes. Although people are always concerned with their golf scores, this tournament has such a care-free, light feel to it that many spectators note it as their favorite of the year.
Every year each pro golfer is paired with an amateur player to continue the tournament. Due to its close proximity to Los Angeles, more than a few celebrities confirm for the event, which is the reason why it usually achieves nationwide television coverage and many spectators view it as one of the best tournaments of the year. After three days of fun and mayhem with the celebrities, the players making the 54 hole cut go on the main competition which has a purse of over a million dollars.
A few staples that have always been fun to watch is Ray Romano or Bill Murray, who, in previous years, has had a tendency of dancing with the spectators and lounging around in the sand traps. While this keeps both the golfers and the audience on their toes, it shows the fun nature of the sport and how easy it is to get wrapped up in the excitement.
This year more than a few A list celebrities have already confirmed including boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, Ray Romano, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and, of course, Bill Murray. They will be paired with high class golfers such as Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and Davis Love III, who recently made golf news by becoming 2012 Ryder Cup Captain. The golfers will try to give good golf advice to the celebs while the celebs remind the pros about the fun of the game.
Each year the tournament is filled with hilarious moments and moments of great competition. For the past two years American Dustin Johnson has come out on top winning the million dollar prize. While nobody knows who’ll win this year, there’s certain to be a lot of excitement and fun during the tournament.
John Casson is a writer and admitted golf enthusiast. He has played at courses around the world as well as watched the Ryder Cup Championship. He writes the latest golf news on blogs and websites around the world.
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