The pros were having a heck of a time in terrible conditions during this year’s practice round at Pebble Beach. That didn’t stop J.B. Holmes and Tony Finau from hitting a pair of must-see shots.
Crosby weather! The so-named conditions that often crop up at Pebble Beach harken back to when the great Bing Crosby hosted the annual clambake and golf competition that became the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (we’re partial to The Clambake).
And during the practice round this year, it looked like Mother Nature went Full Crosby. Spitting, misting, grey skies, winds in the 30 to 40 mph range… all of it. Thanks to the magic of social media, we’re able to share in the golf gods’ schadenfreude. Tony Finau and J.B. Holmes each posted videos of their tee shots at the par-3 seventh hole.
The 106-yarder is one of the true gems of course design. Due to the elevation change and the abutting coastline, it’s always tricky for players to dial in the distance. Add in a misty, blustery mess, and you have two of the longest hitters on tour finessing shots with long irons to the Tour’s shortest hole. Awesome!
— J.B. Holmes (@JBHolmesgolf) February 7, 2017
Of course, these practice-round shots are great and everything. But all par-3 performances at Pebble Beach stand in the shadow of Jack Nicklaus’ pin-seeking 1-iron during the 1972 U.S. Open at the 17th hole to ice the competition.
These pros got wrecked by the weather, now see some pros get wrecked by alcohol.