Tom Hoge may have beaten Jordan Spieth by two shots last year to get his first PGA Tour win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am but the lasting image from the 2022 event was Spieth’s second shot into the ironic, ocean-side eighth hole at famed Pebble.
Spieth’s drive during the Saturday third round came perilously close to going over the edge of the cliff at the end of the eighth fairway — it’s a 70-foot fall to the sand and ocean below. But the ball stopped about two feet short, leaving Spieth the option of hitting what looked like a very scary shot.
When Spieth took his stance, his lead foot was only inches from the edge of cliff. It was a bit of a downhill stance that made the shot even more dangerous. If he did lose his balance and fall one way or the other, since it was a downhill stance he likely would have fallen forward and went over the cliff. Spieth took an extra wide stance to help him not lose his balance. When he hit the shot, he purposely jumped backwards, even running, to make sure he wouldn’t fall forward.
Spieth’s ball went over the green onto a downhill slope but he made an incredible par save and went on to shoot 63. That got Spieth into the hunt. He shot 69 on Sunday, Hoge shot 68 and won with a 19-under par total, Spieth finished at 17.
There won’t be another chance for a dangerous shot this year. The red hazard line has been moved back a bit more toward the fairway and the grass on either side of that hazard line has grown long and very thick — no chance to going for the green.
Three Course Rotation:
With amateurs in the field, the rounds are long and the field plays a rotation of three courses — two round at Pebble for those (and low 25 amateur teams) who make the cut along with rounds at Monterey Country Club and iconic, difficult Spyglass Hill.
Last year, the winner — Hoge — opened with a 63 at Pebble Beach, then shot 69 at Monterey, 68 at Spyglass and his Sunday 68 at Pebble Beach.
Spieth opened with a 68 at Monterey, then shot 70 at Spyglass then rounds of 63-69 at Pebble Beach over the weekend.
Thursday-Friday: ESPN-Plus 11:30 a.m-3 p.m. (ET); Golf Channel: 1-3 p.m. (ET)
Saturday: ESPN-Plus 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (ET); Golf Channel: 1-3 p.m. (ET); CBS: 3-7 p.m. (ET)
Sunday: ESPN-Plus: 10:30 a.m-1 p.m. (ET); Golf Channel: 1-3 p.m. (ET); CBS: 3-6:30 p.m. (ET)
PGA Tour Creates Another Rule Regarding LIV Players:
The PGA Tour now has a new rule that is obviously aimed at college players who might be tempted by LIV Golf.
Per the new regulation, which began this season, “Any player who has participated in an unauthorized tournament is ineligible to compete in any event sanctioned by the PGA Tour for a period of one year.”
Said “unauthorized tournament” is defined in the player handbook as “any golf event for which the commissioner has denied or has indicated he would deny all conflicting event releases and/or media releases or not eligible for releases because it is to be held in North America.”
The new regulation applies to Tour events as well as any qualifying events including Monday qualifiers for both the Tour and Korn Ferry Tour and Q-School.