AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to Go Forward, But Without Pro-Am | Golf news

Sports, stage and screen celebrities will not play next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to increased cases of coronavirus in the Southern California area

Last updated: 01/14/21 19:23 pm

NFL star Larry Fitzgerald won the Pro-Am title last year with Kevin Streelman

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will take place next month without fans on the field, the PGA Tour has confirmed.

The decision was made to scrap pro-am competition after an alarming spike in Covid-19 infections on the Monterey Peninsula, where the popular tournament has been held since 1947.

The event, first launched by Bing Crosby 84 years ago, traditionally features Hollywood stars, musicians, famous sports figures and high profile businessmen with the Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the three courses in play with the Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Spyglass Hill.

Clint Eastwood is a regular at the tournament

Clint Eastwood is a regular at the tournament

But only Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill will be needed next month, as the tournament celebrations for the 75th edition will take place without any celebrities or spectators on site.

Tournament Director Steve John said: “While we really miss watching the actors, musicians, athletes and other amateur participants who make this event so special, we are happy to continue with the professional competition, allowing the Foundation to support nonprofits in Monterey., San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

“Our charitable donations will target basic needs such as food insecurity, educational inequalities and health inequalities caused by the pandemic.

Lori Lee, CEO of AT&T Latin America, added, “While the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am may look different, AT&T is proud to continue its legacy of supporting the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and is committed to ensuring a positive impact on local charities that benefit from tournament profits each year.

Bill Murray entertains the crowds at Pebble Beach every year

Bill Murray entertains the crowds at Pebble Beach every year

“It is unfortunate that we are not hosting the amateur portion of the tournament, but the safety of fans, players and volunteers is our top priority. We look forward to welcoming fans and amateur players next year.”

There will be a pro-am on the Wednesday morning before the 72-hole tournament, with the PGA Tour insisting: “With a limited number of amateur participants, the pro-am is conducted in accordance with a comprehensive health and safety plan, including including COVID-19 testing. “

Canada’s Nick Taylor will defend his title Feb. 11-14, with action from all four rounds showing live on Sky Sports Golf.

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