Off the Tee: Pebble Beach, Riviera, Tiger, Ryder Cup Captains
They might want to re-name Pebble Beach "Brandt's Beach".
Brandt Snedeker won the AT&T at Pebble Beach for the second time in three years, firing a record setting 22-under-par to earn him a three-shot victory. The win gives Snedeker something he didn't have coming into the weekend, a ticket to the 2015 Masters.
I talked with Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf blog about Snedeker's triumph in California in this installment of "Off The Tee":
The PGA Tour moves down the coast this week for the Northern Trust Open, which for years was known as the L.A. Open.
Joel holds this tournament in very high regard, calling it one of the few non-majors that players covet to win. Part of it is the 7,349 yard course at Riviera, one of longest of the non-majors.
What does Joel think of the course and this year's field?
Tiger Woods' comeback was a short one indeed.
The former #1 player in the world is taking a leave of absence because he says his game is "not acceptable" to compete in tournaments. Woods started the year missing the cut by 12 shots at the Phoenix Open, he then withdrew after 11 holes at Torrey Pines because of tightness in his back from a fog delay.
I asked Joel when we might expect to see Tiger again:
We're still more than a year away from the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, but talks of who will be captaining the two teams is in the headlines this week. The Europeans have chosen Darren Clarke to lead their squad, while the Americans seem to leaning toward Davis Love III.
Joel has thoughts on the captains: