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Photos from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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GolfWRX is live this week from the Monterey Peninsula in Pebble Beach, Calif., for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the most scenic and celebrity-filled event on the PGA Tour. Pebble Beach Golf Links sits atop cliffs that overlook Carmel Bay, producing both breathtaking views and an imposing threat. The multi-course event is also played on Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course.

Phil Mickelson looks to capture his fifth win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but has been battling lower back issues. He withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines due to injury, and had a lack luster performance in his title defense at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, aside from throwing footballs into the grandstands.

Brandt Snedeker, this week’s defending champion, and two-time champion Dustin Johnson are also headliners for the tournament, which features seven of the top-21 players in the world rankings.  Snedeker broke the tournament scoring record last year en route to victory, and also captured the pro-am division title alongside fellow Vanderbilt alum Toby Wilt. Johnson will team up again this year with NHL Hall-of-Famer and future father-in-law Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky, or better known in the Instagram/Twitter world as Paulina Gretzky’s dad.

Other notable celebrities are NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady, Alex Smith, and Aaron Rodgers, NFL Coach Bill Belichick, musicians Kid Rock, Kenny G and Darius Rucker, surfer Kelly Slater, tennis star Andy Roddick, actor Don Cheadle, and of course, the rumblin’ stumblin’ sports reporter Chris Berman.

Check out our photos from this week’s event at Pebble Beach.

Monday

2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Mon. Part 1

Tuesday

2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Tues. Part 1
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Tues. Part 2
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Tues. Part 3

Wednesday

2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Wed. Part 1
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Wed. Part 2
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Wed. Part 3
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Wed. Part 4
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Wed. Part 5

Thursday

2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Thurs. Part 1
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Thurs. Part 2
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Thurs. Part 3
2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Thurs. Part 4

Friday

2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Fri. Part 1

Special Galleries

Coach Bill Belichick WITB
Wayne Gretzky

Kid Rock
Jim Renner WITB
K.J. Choi WITB
Jason Bohn WITB
Dustin Johnson WITB
Brendon Todd WITB
Daniel Summerhays WITB
Jim Herman WITB
Steven Bowditch WITB
Geoff Oglivy WITB
Jason Kokrak WITB
Ryan Palmer WITB
Graeme McDowell WITB
D.A. Points WITB
Bud Cauley WITB
Kevin Stadler WITB

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying in the discussion thread.

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  1. the dude

    Feb 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    can’t wait to see boomer dig some ditches……

  2. Tony

    Feb 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Who’s sporting the LH Ping Ansers?

  3. Ryan williams

    Feb 7, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Kelly Slater WITB?

    • Greg

      Feb 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Once play has started won’t bother the players to get WITB. Kelly didn’t get in until late Wednesday night /early Thursday morning. Flying in after winning a surfing competition in Hawaii.

  4. Will

    Feb 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Anyone have a Peyton Manning WITB photos yet? Curious as to what he plays.

  5. Tyler

    Feb 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Few things- What happened to Daly? Why’d he put the lbs back on? I’m kinda suprised Peyton showed up after that EMBARRASSING performance a few days ago. And, lastly who is that hot “ethnic” chick?

    • takeherdeep

      Feb 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I was wondering the same thing. She be good looking….

    • JCorona

      Feb 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

      why wouldn’t Peyton show up?? If anything it proves he is a gentleman and not some whiny pro athlete/sore loser who runs and hides after a poor performance. Or, was it an OUTSTANDING defensive job by the Seahawks??

      Daly probably ate more calories than what he burned off… that is how one “puts the lbs back on”… I am sure he is sorry that he disappointed you….

      And I am sure the “hot ethnic chick” would jump at the chance to introduce herself you seeing how nicely you treat everyone else.

      • Tyler

        Feb 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

        It really doesn’t prove he is a gentleman. Not sure where you got that from. It proves it didn’t bother him that much to be humiliated by Seattle’s defense. Yes, Seattle embarrassed him.

        I was wondering WHY not HOW Daly put the weight back on.

        You’re right. I think she would rather introduce herself to someone boring like you with no opinions whatsoever and a

    • llamont

      Feb 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      “Hot ETHNIC Chick”… Really??? SM”D@mn”H. Reference “Dead Solid Perfect.”

  6. Dummy

    Feb 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Who’s the dude with the long hair, glasses, and puma clothes?

  7. llamont

    Feb 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Life appears to be catching up with “Long” John Daly. I hope he pulls it together.

  8. Marcus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    What course are the Wednesday photos from?

  9. Marcus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    What course is that at? MPCC?

    • Greg

      Feb 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      All photos were from the new range at Pebble Beach or the 1st tee at Pebble.

      • Marcus

        Feb 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

        Ah, thanks, Greg. Been a while since I have been there.

  10. Buck

    Feb 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Who’s the hottie with John Peterson

  11. Tom

    Feb 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Who’s sportin the XTD irons?

  12. Double Mocha Man

    Feb 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

    What?! No Super Bowl Seahawk’s QB’s in the field??? You’re never too short for golf.

    Richard Sherman would be a hoot in this tournament. But alas, he’s on crutches.

  13. Alex

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Im gonna need a cash money putter cover! haha

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • boggyman: “1st generation TM UDI 16* hard to beat with right shaft for a 1-iron, IF you could find one. Used mine in a set of OL Cobras for a while. Need to re-shaft it now though.”
  • Pepperturbo: “I have been effectively using T-MB 17* 2 iron since it was introduced. Now and again put my old Mizuno Pro 16* 1 iron in the bag to remind me those clubs require a good swing. Good luck with your choice.”
  • joelsim: “It depends on how much you value consistency over distance. And of course what your handicap is. I don’t have an official handicap but am regularly scoring in the 70s at my home club, at most 85 if I have a really bad day. And I tried a UDI #2 a couple of weeks ago and sold it a day later. Will stick to my G400 #4 Iron at power spec 19*. Gives me 195y carry consistently with run out according to ground hardness. So far it beats G and G400 Crossovers, Cobra King Utility and TM UDI #2 hands down.”
  • wam78: “Currently playing Mizuno mp h5 2 iron and I absolutely love it! Feels good, easy to hit high and low and can be found for a good price.”

Entire Thread: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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