Sunday, February 15, 2009
Wacky "Crosby Weather" has forced a lengthy delay for the start of Sunday's final round at Pebble Beach. AT&T seems destined for cancellation
Upon arrival in Del Monte Forest this morning, the rain was constant and wind howling. Things have only gotten worse. The first word was a delay to 9:45 for Sunday's final round. Then it became 10:45am. Moments later, the word was amateurs who made the cut were out, and now the latest is an attempted 1:45pm tee time on holes 1 and 10 with threesomes going out. It all seems like prolonging the inevitable. CBS is scheduled to telecast in less than an hour, but has no chance of following the tournament to conclusion if indeed it does resume. CBS TV Golf anchor Jim Nance had some time to kill this morning and visited with KNBR-680 in the press room. His comments above were not encouraging. Meanwhile, it continues to rain and the wind remains relentless. Standing water on greens and fairways continue to accumulate...and even if the fallen trees and debris can be removed, Pebble Beach remains a mess. Chances appear to be slim and none that any golf will be played today, and with the forecast dire for the next few days, the PGA has really only two options. Declare the event a 54 hole tournament and award the Dustin Johnson his $1million first place check and waterford crystal, or postpone the final round to the summer, which seems less likely. We'll wait around until the decision is official, but it would appear the AT&T at Pebble Beach for 2009 is over.