Pebble Beach (AGC photo)
A Monday finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am didn’t leave Paul Casey with the individual title, but he did end up with the next-best thing in the event: A pro-am win with amateur partner Don Colleran, an executive vice president at FedEx.
Neither man has been a regular in this event. In fact, Casey debuted 18 years ago with Seth Waugh, the former Deutsche Bank executive who is now the CEO of the PGA of America. Casey, then 23, missed the cut two consecutive years, and didn’t come back for another 16 years.
According to PGA Tour writer Mike McAllister
, Casey was hesitant to come back to the event. Winter weather can be dicey in Pebble Beach, and the pro-am format is unique to say the least. He struck up a friendship with Colleran, however, and entered the 2018 event. The team finished fourth while Casey was eighth.
This time, they teamed up to reach 34 under for 72 holes in the best-ball-net format, good enough for a two-shot win.
Colleran, a 13-handicap who plays out of TPC Southwind in Memphis, found himself in an interesting position as a 13-handicapper playing in the final group of a PGA Tour event with Casey and Phil Mickelson.
Meanwhile, Casey was also challenging for the title. He entered Sunday with a three-shot lead, but with two holes to finish on Monday morning, trailed Mickelson by three. Mickelson ultimately won the title.
Casey had this to say to McAllister early week on the celebrity factor:
“If you have the right partner, it can be wonderful. And if you don’t … so it’s a tricky one. At least I can guarantee one of those elements. Last year we had both, and it was such a great experience with Don that I thought even if we get a bad year weather-wise – I mean, it’s a wonderful place to be. He’s such a great guy to play with. The U.S. Open’s here in June.
“I’ve got to do it again. Why not? … I had a decent result around here last year, so it’s going to stay on. As long as I have decent results, why wouldn’t I play it?”
Celebrity amateurs made headlines, as usual, during the event. Tony Romo, paired with Jim Furyk, deftly stuck a ball to within inches at the 15th after playing out of a hospitality tent. He made birdie there.
Unfortunately, Romo had to withdraw the next day. CBS reported that he was going home to attend funeral services for Wade Wilson, a former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach and NFL quarterback.
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