Rain, hail de­lays fi­nal round at Peb­ble Beach

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

PEB­BLE BEACH >> The fi­nal round of the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am was de­layed Sun­day by the kind of weather that once gave this event its rep­u­ta­tion, in­clud­ing a hail storm that cov­ered the greens in white.

Paul Casey had a three­shot lead over Phil Mick­el­son. They were wait­ing to tee off when sun­shine gave way to a hail storm that pounded the golf course as play­ers ducked un­der um­brel­las. Be­fore long, the greens were filled with tiny pel­lets, and work­ers went from us­ing squeegees for ex­cess wa­ter to power blow­ers to re­move the hail.

The fi­nal round ear­lier was de­layed for one hour be­cause of rain. Peb­ble had a lit­tle of ev­ery­thing Sun­day.

And if the rain and hail weren’t enough, the wind chill dipped into the up­per 30s.

Sam Saun­ders, whose grand­fa­ther Arnold Palmer was among the Peb­ble Beach own­ers, scooped up hail and tossed it like a snow­ball. Pa­trick Reed’s brother laid on his back and tried to make a snow an­gel.

With two de­lays ap­proach­ing three hours, it ap­peared cer­tain the fi­nal round would not be com­pleted Sun­day. Casey and Mick­el­son fi­nally teed off at 1:10 p.m., leav­ing at most 4 1/2 hours of light. Most of the tee times were in groups of four play­ers be­cause of the pro-am.

Such days were known as “Crosby weather” when Bing Crosby was the tour­na­ment host for the bet­ter part of a half-cen­tury. Peb­ble had one round in 1962 post­poned be­cause of snow. Jimmy De­maret rolled out of his bed at the Lodge, looked at the 18th green and said, “I know I had a lot to drink last night ... but how did I end up in Squaw Val­ley?”

The tour­na­ment has been on a great run for the last two decades, with a few ex­cep­tions. Dustin John­son won the first of his two ti­tles in 2009 when the fi­nal round was de­layed un­til Mon­day be­cause of rain, and then can­celed be­cause the storm sys­tem wouldn’t leave.

The last time the fi­nal round was played on Mon­day was in 2000, when Tiger Woods ral­lied from a five-shot deficit to win his sixth con­sec­u­tive PGA Tour start.

Mick­el­son also won on a Mon­day — in Au­gust. That was in 1998, when rain soaked the Mon­terey Penin­sula in Fe­bru­ary, and the PGA Tour de­cided to play the third round the day af­ter the PGA Cham­pi­onship ended up the Pa­cific coast at Sa­halee.

ERIC RISBERG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A rules of­fi­cial di­rects greenskeep­ers try­ing to clear hail and stand­ing wa­ter from the se­cond green of the Peb­ble Beach Golf Links dur­ing the fi­nal round of the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am golf tour­na­ment Sun­day in Peb­ble Beach Play was sus­pended af­ter the hail­storm.

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