PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Howling winds greeted players for Thursday’s first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Flagsticks were nearly bent in half, tents were shaking and club selection was going to be an adventure. The three courses in play — Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club — were already water-logged from previous showers and the putting surfaces were bumpy as a result. And everyone was anticipating the skies to open up.
It was just going to be one of those days at the former Bing Crosby Clambake.
But it could have been worse. The fearful forecast the players slept on forced tee times to start one hour earlier, but other than the whipping winds, the day started off well and remained playable for hours as the arrival of the worst of the forecast stayed on the horizon. But then temperatures started plunging and dark skies formed and began advancing toward the coast.
When it hit the coast, it hit hard.
The skies opened up and rain suits…