PEBBLE BEACH — A brief, ferocious hailstorm slammed Pebble Beach during Sunday’s final round of the AT&T ProAm.
The hail hit shortly before 11 a.m. and lasted no more than 10 minutes. But it left several greens covered in white, created puddles of standing water throughout the course and forced PGA Tour officials to suspend play for more than two hours.
Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, gathered a small pile of hail in his hands and hurled a “snowball” at another member of his group. Patrick Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, hit the ground and formed a snow angel in the middle of a fairway.
Play officially was suspended at 10:53 a.m., with players initially holding in position. They soon were brought off the course as grounds crew members scrambled to work on the greens. Sunday’s tee times already had been pushed back one hour because overnight rain created unplayable conditions.
The hail delay lasted until 1 p.m. The final group of Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson teed off at 1:09, more than three hours after the original starting time of 9:50 a.m.
“It was a wild day, for sure,” said Scott Stallings, who shot 66 to move into a tie for second place with Casey. “First time in my career I can ever remember seeing hail. We played in a lot of weird conditions in college, but today was definitely a college golf day.
“I mean, we kind of had all four seasons at one time. I remember telling my caddie I was warm on the sixth hole. We got to the seventh tee and he said, ‘How’s that warmth feeling?’ I was freezing.” Homa rallies: Cal alum Max Homa shot 67 despite a double-bogey on No. 13. Homa tied for 10th, which got him into the field for this week’s PGA Tour event in Los Angeles (his hometown tournament).
Homa began the AT&T with four bogeys in his first six holes Thursday at Pebble Beach. He recovered to shoot 1-over-par 73, then followed with rounds of 69 at Monterey Peninsula and 68 at Spyglass Hill before his 67 at Pebble.
“In golf, 10th is a hell of a lot better than 11th,” Homa tweeted Sunday night. Parting shot: “I'm a Sun Devil. I like the sun. This is brutal. This is why I moved away from England.”