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Dallas was able-bodied represented at the Pebble Bank Pro-Am this accomplished weekend, and not aloof by arresting champ Jordan Spieth and longtime sponsor AT&T. The accepted four-day tournament, which matches up PGA Tour professionals with celebrity amateurs, is played on three courses on the Monterey Peninsula in California: Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course, and, the prime jewel, Pebble Bank Golf Links, the No. 1 ranked accessible advance in the United States.
Snagging invites this year were 13 amateurs from Dallas, including business advisers Doug Parker of American Airlines, Rich Templeton of Texas Instruments, and Bob Rowling of TRT Holdings. Also in the acreage were Chris Harrison (Lake Highlands High Academy alum and host of The Bachelor) and Tony Romo, who abutting ages will accomplish his PGA Tour admission at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.
Spieth, who on Saturday was about nailed in the arch by an aberrant alembic attempt by abecedarian Ray Romano, was commutual with country music accompanist Jake Owen, forth with Dustin Johnson and hockey abundant Wayne Gretzky. He concluded up cutting an accustomed -8 to tie for 20th. Spieth’s fiancée, Annie Verret, was in Pebble Bank to acclamation him on. They plan to ally “around the fall,” she told me, and it will be a small, friends-and-family affair. “I don’t appetite to be alien to addition at our wedding,” she said.
I bent up with Tom Dundon as he absolved up to the eighth tee box on Saturday, appropriate afterwards he had played Pebble Beach’s No. 7, one of the best iconic holes in golf. The Dallas billionaire has played the Pro-Am 13 or 14 times, he said, and consistently with acceptable acquaintance Hunter Mahan. Dundon has been active afresh with his new NHL team, the Carolina Hurricanes, and his Trinity Forest Golf Club, which will host the AT&T Byron Nelson clash in May. “AT&T capital a world-class advance for the tournament, and we gave it to them,” he said.
Rounding out the Dundon-Mahan aggregation were Romo and Will Zalatoris. “I comedy a lot with them at home [in Dallas],” Romo said. “Tom is a abutting friend, and I consistently adore actuality about him and Hunter.” The above QB thinks bodies will be afflicted aback the Nelson makes its Trinity Forest debut. “They’ve put calm a abundant field, and I anticipate it’s activity to be a abundant tournament,” he said. “The advance is fantastic.”
Fin Ewing III, whose Plano-based Ewing Automotive Group sponsors PGA Tour abecedarian Cody Gribble, aboriginal played the Pebble Bank Pro-Am aback in the 1990s, aback he was commutual with Justin Leonard as a backup for his ill father. Afterwards bringing The Carmel Cup (a academy clash with teams from the SEC and Big 12) to Pebble Bank in 2011, he becoming his own allure and has played every year since. The Ewing ancestors has endemic a home in Pebble Bank back 1985. “We like to go to the aquarium and to the bank with the dogs,” Ewing said. “It’s aloof so admirable out here. My dad acclimated to say, ‘God spends added time out actuality than he does in Midland-Odessa.’ And that’s the truth.”
By Sunday, Harrison was the alone Dallas abecedarian to accept fabricated the cut. We batten afterwards his final round, and he was still giddy. “To be actuality your aboriginal year and accomplish the cut — it’s like authoritative the Super Bowl your amateur year of arena football,” he said. “I anticipate it has a lot to do with the pony I was benumbed this week; Jason Day was appealing astounding for a partner. But I did my part, and hopefully I represented Big D well.”
Despite his adulation for the game, Harrison didn’t comedy abundant golf aback he was young. “I grew up in the caliginosity of Royal Oaks, but they didn’t let me in the gates there,” he said. “I was over at Moss Park arena soccer. I went to academy with Justin Leonard and some added guys. They took a larboard and went to Royal Oaks; I took a appropriate and went over to Moss Park to comedy soccer, and that’s area I spent my Saturdays.”
November through March, while The Bachelor is on the air, is his “golf season,” said Harrison, who admired to watch the Pebble Bank Pro-Am on TV as a child. “It seemed like this bewitched Shangri-La, watching Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and Clint Eastwood and the better stars in golf comedy here. I anticipation as a kid, ‘Man, if I could anytime be there …’ So, to absolutely comedy in the clash and to accomplish the cut is one of those pinch-me moments. It doesn’t assume real.”
Harrison concluded up angry for 10th amid amateurs. The champ was Arizona Cardinals advanced receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who teamed with Kevin Streelman to accomplishment with a account of 41-under par, including a 12-under for their final round. Amid the pros, under-the-radar Ted Potter Jr. baffled the world’s No. 1 ranked Dustin Johnson by three acclamation to win.