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AT&T, From A to Z
Rick Reilly
February 10, 1992
Or 26 things that prevail at Pebble Beach, including Mark O'Meara
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February 10, 1992

At&t, From A To Z

Or 26 things that prevail at Pebble Beach, including Mark O'Meara

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j) Some celebrity will make the big Whigs itchy. (This time it was Bill Murray, who stepped out of his courtesy car and huffed, "Don't mess with me! I'm wearing spikes!"; held up his group 10 minutes while he drank a beer and ate a Polish dog at number 1 on Spyglass; went up behind Tour pro Jeff Sluman, brandishing a putter like a sword, and snarled, "Speed up or die!"; nearly holed a bunker shot and celebrated by making out with a matronly scorekeeper; asked the owner of a visor he was about to sign, "Do you mind if I cross out Arnold Palmer's name and write in mine?"; lay down flat on his back for five minutes in the middle of a Poppy Hills fairway; and wore a hat shaped like the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.)

k) The outlandish celebrity may not get invited again. ( Murray, who was the best thing to happen to this tournament since the Hog's Breath Inn, wasn't sure about a future invitation. Will AT&T say to him, We want you back? "That," said Murray dramatically, "is the very big question." Pleeeeeeeease.)

l) The Waterford crystal company of Waterford, Ireland, will make, pack and ship to O'Meara a 58-piece suite of crystal worth more than $10,000, plus a replica of the tournament trophy worth another $12,000. When you consider that O'Meara won the pro-am portion of the tournament in 1984 and the pro portion in '85, '89 and '90, that's 237 pieces of crystal, worth at least $110,000. (When somebody asked O'Meara what he did with it all, he said, "I don't use it. I don't know where it is." Just then he was introduced to the man next to him—the president of the crystal company. Oooops.)

m) Some enterprising young man will start Sunday sizzling on the first five holes—four of which, being inland holes, of course, aren't really Pebble Beach holes—and think he has the tournament won. Then he will bogey number 8, one of the hardest holes in the free world, and get lassoed by O'Meara on the back nine. (This time it was Sluman, who birdied holes 2, 3, 4 and 5, bogeyed 8 and lost four strokes to O'Meara by the 18th. When Sluman and O'Meara went to the 16th tee for the playoff, you either had to be blind or Sluman's mother not to see who was going to win. "I know one thing," said O'Mcara's caddie, Donnie Wanstall. "If I was stepping on this golf course with that man, I'd be intimidated." Sluman bogeyed. O'Meara parred. End of playoff.)

n) Pebble Beach's Japanese owner, Minoru Isutani, will take a murderous tongue-whomping at the local bistros, where he will be vilified as greedy and evil, and accused of trying to turn Pebble Beach into Kyoto Country Club West.

o) Nobody will mention that Pebble Beach is still public and has never been more immaculate. Wait. Somebody did mention the fine conditions. The pros.

p) Some celebrity will make a hole in one, and 30,000 people will try to follow him into the 19th hole for a free drink. (This year Randy Quaid got the ace.)

q) A few pros who miss the three-day cut will have to stick around and play the fourth day because their pro-am team survived the pro-am cut. This means that a guy who could go make $25,000 in a one-day outing is stuck playing an extra day so his partner can win a crystal trophy. You know what we say? Good.

r) O'Meara will grasp his trophy and say how lucky he got. (What he didn't mention is that he hasn't had an over-par round in four tournaments and is 53 under for '92.)

s) An unknown will lead on Friday. (P.H. Horgan III was the coleader after two days this year.)

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