Stars won’t be lighting up 2021 Pebble Beach Pro-Am
It comes as no surprise given California’s heightened coronavirus awareness that this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be played without its traditional pro-am format next month.
The event was first played in 1937 as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur but it was not until 1947 that it was played on the Monterey Peninsula making this year the event’s 74th anniversary along the spectacular Pacific Ocean shoreline.
Nick Taylor won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Credit: PGA Tour)
However, it will take place from February 11th to 14th without amateur partners accompanying the professionals and in what could be the first occasion ever without the stars of stage, screen and sport teeing-up.
The professional portion, featuring 156 players, will be played as scheduled, but over only two courses instead of the usual three. Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill will be used while the Monterey Peninsula Country Club will be sitting it out this year.
It’s not uncommon during the four rounds to bump into the likes of locals Clint Eastwood or NFL legend Peyton Manning but sadly not this year.
The Pebble Beach tournament is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and, as previously announced, will also go without spectators.
The only tournament amongst the Tour’s first seven events in 2021 that will allow spectators is the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and that will be capped at 5,000 per day.
Not having amateurs is also a big blow to the AT&T tournament’s bottom line, as they pay upwards of $30,000 for the privilege of walking alongside the world’s leading golf stars.