AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: A quick look at the local heroes

February 9, 2017

PGA Golf

Actor Bill Murray smiles at the crowd as he waits to hit out of a bunker on the 3rd hole during the AT&T Pro-Am Celebrity Challenge at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News) Group)

By Jeremy Harness

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am features players from all over the world, but it does not have a shortage of those who have roots in Northern California.

Among them is Nick Watney, a multiple winner on the PGA Tour who grew up in Dixon, which is midway between the Bay Area and Sacramento who now makes his home in Las Vegas. He sat out most of the 2016 season with a nagging back injury, but he has returned and has begun to pick up a little steam in time for this tournament.

Another Northern California product is James Hahn, an Alameda native who played his college golf at Cal. He had a very nice 2016 season and is currently ranked 61st this year, but he is perhaps more well-known for his Gangnam Style dance celebration during the Phoenix Open a few years ago.

His best finish of the 2016-17 season thus far came at the CIMB Classic in October, one week after the season-opening Safeway Open, where he finished in ninth place. He followed that up the very next week with a tie for the 15th spot at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Max Homa is considered to be an up-and-coming player on tour. The Cal product played most of last season on the Tour, which is the PGA Tour’s minor league, and he earned his PGA Tour card for this season by finishing in the top 25 of the Tour in 2016.

However, he has gotten off to a slow start to this season, as he has not earned any FedEx Cup points and has not made the cut at all in any of the five events he has played in this season. He did not play in last week’s Phoenix Open but is making his return at Pebble Beach.

The tournament is set to begin Thursday morning, and for the first three days, the players will alternate play between three courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

The final round, however, will be played solely at Pebble Beach.



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