Category: Pebble Beach Pro-Am

January 23, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Phil Mickelson to skip WGC-Accenture Match Play

Posted at 11:41 AM by Mick Rouse

Following his tie for 49th place at the Humana Challenge, Phil Mickelson announced that he would be skipping next month’s WGC-Accenture Match Play. Alex Miceli has the story:

Mickelson, playing in the Humana Challenge for the first time in five years, has a conflict with his children’s spring break and, as in the past, will take the week off to vacation with his three children and wife, Amy, during the Feb. 22-26 Match Play.

“I'm going to end up missing the Match Play this year as we're going to go on a family trip,” Mickelson, No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking, said Sunday after completing his third round here. “So as I miss that tournament, it was easier to add this one, too.”

Those wanting more of Lefty won’t have to look hard to find him. Mickelson will be making his rounds on the West Coast over the next few weeks, playing the Farmers Insurance Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open before taking a week off with the family for a little R&R.

Coming to America

Chubby Chandler may have lost his brightest star in Rory McIlroy, but that hasn’t deterred ISM’s head honcho from seeking out new talent. Expect many of those new clients to bleed red, white and blue. While speaking with Golf Talk Central, Chandler stated that he would sign more American players this year than Europeans. 

Chandler recently set up shop in South Florida, ISM’s new American base, and has signed Peter Uihlein and Ben An in the last two months alone. 

Rex Hoggard of Golf Talk Central is also reporting that Steve Zika will take the lead on ISM’s descent into the American talent pool: 

GTC has confirmed through various sources that Steve Zika, a longtime tour representative for Ping, will be ISM’s American front-man. 

Zika was with Ping for a dozen years and worked with the company’s PGA Tour team since 2001. It was during this time that Zika fostered a relationship with Lee Westwood, No. 2 in the World Golf Ranking and a longtime member of Chandler’s stable.

Bubba gets a new ride

Contrary to what Christina Kim thinks, Bubba Watson apparently can have it all. This past weekend, Watson became the proud new owner of the original General Lee car from the “Dukes of Hazzard.” While at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bubba tweeted a photo of the legendary vehicle:  

Roughly five hours later, Watson sent out a follow-up tweet, exclaiming, “Just got my dream car!!!” 

Never one to shy away from the send button, Bubba has since continued to tweet about his new prized possession, including this picture of him gassing up the General: 

Watson has also contacted Notorious Whips with plans of customizing the classic Dodge Charger, including a complete restore of the inside. 

And before you even ask, yes, the horn still works. 

All in all, the General Lee set Bubba back a mere $110,000. Not too shabby considering he owns a watch worth more than four times that. Hey Bubba, just make sure you keep an eye out for Roscoe

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January 16, 2012

Tiger Woods to partner with Tony Romo at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Posted at 12:24 PM by Jeff Ritter

Tiger-WoodsTiger Woods will play alongside Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo when he makes his PGA Tour season debut at Pebble Beach next month, according to ESPN.

An ESPN "source" confirmed that Woods will partner with Romo at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, confirming a rumor that had been swirling for weeks. Woods and Romo will compete together as a two-man team, while Tiger's scores will also count toward an individual PGA Tour title. The tournament will be held Feb. 9-12. 

D.A. Points and actor Bill Murray are the defending champions in the team event, while Points also won the PGA Tour title in 2011.

Woods hasn't played the Pebble Beach Pro-Am since tying for 12th place in 2002. He won the event in 2000 after dramatically rallying from a seven-shot deficit in the final round. Pebble Beach was also the site of what is arguably Woods's most dominant major championship victory -- a 15-stroke blowout later that same year at the 2000 U.S. Open.

Romo played in the 2010 and 2011 events, partnering with John Daly on each occassion.

Woods figures to be one of the central stories at Pebble this year, as the former No. 1 attempts to recapture the form that made him the most dominant golfer of the last decade -- and possibly in the history of the sport. After his play unraveled following a 2009 sex scandal and injuries to his neck and left knee, Woods went more than two years without a victory before winning the Chevron World Challenge in December, his final event of 2011. Woods lost his No. 1 ranking early in 2011 and is currently 25th.

While Pebble will mark Woods's domestic debut, he will offcially kick off his 2012 season on Jan. 26 at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi.

(Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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