AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: Celebs make the tourney fun

February 7, 2017

PGA Golf

Kelly Slater and Jimmy Walker ATandT Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Chevron Shoot out, USA – 07 Feb 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

By Jeremy Harness

Sure, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is an official event on the PGA Tour, and the professionals use this as a springboard to the eventual FedEx Cup title at the end of the season.

But let’s be honest here. There’s a reason why this tournament is considered to be one of the more popular events on the tour’s season schedule: It’s the celebrities that take part in it every year.

The list of celebs that play in this tournament includes everyone from pro athletes from other sports to star musicians to broadcasters. Among such TV stars in this year’s field is Chris Berman, who retired from ESPN following this year’s NFL season.

Speaking of the NFL, there are a pair of quarterbacks with their names in the field, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City signal-caller Alex Smith – who started his career with the 49ers before being traded to the Chiefs five years ago.

Among the staples of this tournament, who are credited for bringing in a great deal of the fans each year, include actor Bill Murray – who annually is paired with tour player D.A Points – as well as star musician Huey Lewis, who is from the Bay Area.

There are also some baseball players in this field, who can also swing a golf club pretty well. Josh Donaldson, a former Oakland Athletic who now plays for the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain, who has played in this tournament for the last several years along with teammate Buster Posey, will hit the links this week.

The tournament starts this Thursday, but the weather report does not look very promising however. The forecast calls for rain for each of the first two days of the tournament before it is expected to dry out just in time for the weekend crowds to arrive come Saturday morning.

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