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February 14, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Phil Mickelson took all the thrills out of Pebble Beach, and that was just fine by him. Despite back-to-back bogeys that gave the final round yesterday about 5 minutes of intrigue, Mickelson won for the second straight week by closing with a 1-over 73 to become the first wire-to-wire winner in the 68-year history of the Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am. The only thing he didn't do on a cold, damp day along the Pacific was set the tournament scoring record. Mickelson finished at 19-under 269, missing by one shot the record set 7 years ago by Mark O'Meara.
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February 11, 2013 | Associated Press
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Brandt Snedeker didn't have to take a back seat to anyone at Pebble Beach. A runner-up to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson the last two weeks, Snedeker finished off a command performance Sunday with a 7-under 65 for a 2-shot victory over Chris Kirk in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Snedeker tapped in for par on the 18th hole to finish at 19-under 267, setting the tournament record at Pebble Beach. Kirk closed with a 64, though he never got closer than 2 shots.
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February 12, 2012 | Associated Press
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Charlie Wi played bogey-free at Spyglass Hill for a 3-under 69 to build a 3-shot lead Saturday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Tiger Woods ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch early in his round and had a 5-under 67 that put him 4 shots behind going into the final round, the closest he has been to the 54-hole lead in a regular PGA Tour event since the 2010 Masters. Wi, winless in 162 previous PGA Tour events, was at 15-under 199. Phil Mickelson managed to stay in contention despite playing the par 5s at Pebble Beach in 1-over par. He saved par on the 18th for a 70. That put him in a tie for fourth, 6 shots behind.
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January 31, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Lanny Wadkins chipped in for a birdie on the final hole to take a 1-shot lead over Payne Stewart yesterday after two rounds of the $600,000 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. Wadkins finished with 2 birdies for a 3-under-par 69 at tough Spyglass Hill and completed 36 holes in 137, 7 under par. "I've hit the ball close a lot," Wadkins said, "and I've been driving it right down the middle. Actually, it's been a pretty easy 7 under. " First-round leader Rex Caldwell went 11 shots higher than his opening 67 and was well back at 145. Included in his 78 was an 8 on the final hole, where his 3d shot bounced off a tree, hit his caddy and caused a 2-shot penalty.
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June 15, 2010 | by Mike Kern
PEBBLE BEACH is one of those places every golfer should get to at least once. Just because. Other than Augusta National, most people have seen Pebble more than any course. Because, like Augusta, there's a tournament there every year. And, like Augusta, it's rather photo-friendly. At Pebble, the meeting of land and water is simply one of a kind. Not all the holes are set along Carmel Bay, but the ones that are make this what it is. I was lucky enough to play there on the day after the 1992 Open.
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February 5, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Jim Booros, an Allentown pro who had to requalify for the PGA tour last fall, finished off a 67 with birdies on the last three holes yesterday to earn a share of the first-round lead in the $700,000 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, Calif. "I can't believe I played the back in 30," Booros said after his round at Pebble Beach, one of three courses used for the first three rounds of this event. Booros is tied with Mark Calcavecchia and Jim Gallagher, both of whom played Cypress Point.
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February 1, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Payne Stewart, battling the frustration of slow play and the annoyance of clicking cameras, scored a 3-under-par 69 yesterday to take a 2-shot lead after three rounds of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. "I guess I'm stuck on that number," said Stewart, who has shot 69 on each of three Monterey Peninsula courses. West Germany's Bernhard Langer shot a 68 at Cypress Point, which put him in a tie for second at 209 with Lanny Wadkins and Scotland's Sandy Lyle.
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February 2, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Johnny Miller, a star in another era, rolled back the years with a come- from-behind 66 that gave him a 1-stroke victory over Payne Stewart yesterday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, Calif. "It's been a long time since I was able to come down the last fairway in contention," said Miller, 39, who hadn't won on the PGA tour since capturing the 1983 Inverrary Classic. "This is my favorite place to play golf in the whole world," he said of the picturesque Pebble Beach course, which stretches 6,799 yards along the cliffs and crags of Carmel Bay. "To be able to get in contention, then make that putt on 18, is a great thrill for me, a dream come true.
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January 30, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Rex Caldwell, who got into the field only on a sponsor's exemption, shot a no-bogey, 5-under-par 67 for a 1-shot lead yesterday after the first round of the $600,000 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. At 68, 4 under par, were former British Open champion Sandy Lyle of Scotland, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Byrum and John Adams. Wadkins and Lyle played at Spyglass Hill, probably the most difficult of the three courses, while Adams and Byrum were at Pebble Beach. "Without the sponsor's exemption, I wouldn't be here," said Caldwell, who lost his place on the all-exempt PGA Tour when he finished a distant 149th on the 1986 money-winning list.
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August 6, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE FIRST time the PGA was held at Valhalla, what unfolded was hardly memorable. But the next time would turn into something historic. In 1996, when it was only a decade old, Valhalla hosted the season's fourth major. The fact that Jack Nicklaus was the designer of the Louisville, Ky., course might have had something to do with that. Of course, the fact that the PGA of America had a 25 percent interest in the club probably didn't hurt, either. The organization that runs this championship eventually became the sole owner, which also explains why the Ryder Cup went there in 2008.
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June 6, 2014
HEY, I HAVE a suggestion for rank-and-file lawmakers: Do something. You'll have lots of downtime during the next few weeks. You'll mostly be sitting around waiting for six or eight legislative leaders to agree on a new state budget. Once they do - and that should take a while - you get to see what you're voting on to try to dig the state out of the big budget hole your past votes helped dig it into. Until then, you're pretty much irrelevant. And by "you," I mean roughly 245 paid, perked and pensioned public servants sucking up tax dollars in a Capitol whose reputation could use some polishing.
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February 10, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
KEY WEST, Fla. - I'm sitting in the audience at the San Carlos Institute on Duval Street in Key West, my stomach churning the glass of Montepulciano that I consumed to quell my nerves, surrounded by 50 or so aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We're in Day 2 of our four-day workshop, led by such writers as poet Billy Collins, humorist Daniel Menaker, and novelist Susan Richards Shreve. While fellow snowbirds focus on their third mojito at Coyote Ugly or croon karaoke during the female drag show down the street, the auditorium where I sit is jittery with ambition and fear.
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August 5, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
The sign in front of this Poconos property is larger than others on the block, to accommodate the names of two generations of owners and an important message: "Keep It in the Family. " Herb and Martha Ganssloser built the vacation home in Tobyhanna Township in 1974. The wooded quarter-acre lot had a prime location two blocks from Pebble Beach, a strip of coarse sand bordering a picturesque mountain lake. The upper level of the raised ranch features a living area, a kitchen, three bedrooms, and a deck.
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June 16, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Stricker had hit the travel wall. Even when he was home, Stricker had come to realize, his mind wasn't there. He calls his new playing schedule "semiretirement. " At 46, he's choosing the car pool over playing at Pebble Beach. He's focusing on majors, and World Golf Championships events in this country, and that's about it. And he's a shot out of the lead in the U.S. Open. A most happy start to Father's Day. On Saturday, Stricker shot a par 70 at Merion, staying even for the tournament, a shot behind 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson.
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June 16, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Furyk looked forward to playing in the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, near his hometown of Lancaster, but finished up an abbreviated trip Friday with the worst 36-hole score he had ever carded in an Open. Furyk, who was born in West Chester, shot a second-round 79 to finish two unproductive days at 156, 16 over par, and missed the 36-hole cut by at least 8 strokes. "To come back here is a bummer," he said. "I played well across the state at Oakmont [in the Open]. Later in my career, at 43, there's not going to be another tournament her at Merion through my career.
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June 14, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
An interesting feature of this U.S. Open: The driving range is on another golf course. The range is over on Merion's West Course, just over a mile away, which means golfers have to shuttle over to their starting tees, No. 1 and 11 on Thursday and Friday. (No. 11 is much closer to the clubhouse than 10, causing that funky arrangement.) "I don't think I've ever played in a tournament where before the tournament starts they're already saying guys will miss tee times," Graeme McDowell said.
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June 11, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
Here are Tiger Woods' five most memorable majors: 1 2008 U.S. Open Torrey Pines Golf Course La Jolla, Calif. Weeks before the championship, doctors told Tiger he shouldn't play. He told them he was going to win. Two days after he became the only man besides Jack Nicklaus to win each of the four majors three times, Woods told the world that he would have to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee. Somehow, he managed to play 91 holes in 5 days to finally outlast everyman Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines, where he's won so many times under far-less significant circumstances.
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June 7, 2013 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
One in a series of articles getting you ready for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, June 13-16.   IN 1995, John Daly won the British Open in a four-hole playoff with Costantino Rocco after they had finished at 6-under-par 282, the highest winning score at St. Andrews since Jack Nicklaus (283) a quarter-century before. Since then, the oldest major has gone back to the Old Course three times. And the champions have shot 269 (Tiger Woods, 2000), 274 (Woods again, '05) and 272 (Louis Oosthuizen in '10)
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April 23, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
One in a series of articles getting you ready for the U.S. Open at Merion, June 13-16.     SO, 2010 U.S. OPEN champion Graeme McDowell, what did you know about Ardmore's Merion Golf Club before you played it last year? "[Ben] Hogan, 1 iron," he said, with a sheepish smile. "That's it. " He's likely not alone. The Open hasn't been back to Merion - which has hosted more USGA events (18) than any other venue, most recently the 2009 Walker Cup - in 32 years. That means there's an entire generation of players and fans who really don't know much about the course that was ranked sixth (up one spot)
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