Wind Suspends Play At Pro-Am For Two Hours
Regardless of Weather, Economy Thrives Every Year
One gusty delay.
For two hours, all three courses were shut down and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am director Steve John says there is a lot riding on the success of this event.
'It's the granddaddy of all Pro-Ams and it really is what golf is all about," John said.
Bringing professionals, celebrities and corporations together combined with a bottomless pit of spectators every year, all helps feed the Central Coast economy by the millions, John said.
"Fiscal impact is almost $70 million when this tournament is being held," he said.
Not to mention the millions of dollars that reaches charities in San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
With a three-hour rain delay on Thursday, the wind turned Pebble Beach into Chicago on Saturday.
"17 was pretty atrocious to play," said San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain, referring to the 17th green at Pebble Beach Links. Cain added that the golf balls wouldn't stay put, rolling all over the green.
"We were hitting about 150 yards, usually I use the 210 club and still couldn't make it [because of the wind]," Cain said.
Eventually play resumed around two, but if the tournament had to be stretched to Monday, John says it wouldn't necessarily mean more cash.
"It's probably a trade off because the people that are not coming on the weekends might go on Monday so reality is about the same dollars to charity," John said.
Play is expected to resume at normal tee times Sunday.?
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