FEBRUARY 8, 2017

By Gary Van Sickle

The first year that I covered the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was 1990, the last year that legendary Cypress Point was part of the three-course rotation.

Of course, no one knew then that it would be the last call at Cypress. I went to the tournament for the express purpose of walking those hallowed holes for the first time. That’s how I happened to be at the 14th tee, the course’s outer edge along 17-Mile Drive and the Pacific, in one of the early rounds, when I saw two familiar faces teeing off: Burt Lancaster and Robert Wagner. 

By Alex Miceli

If the first two weeks of 2017 are any indication, golf betting is a growing business. As the NFL was winding down, PGA Tour action filled the void for gamblers.

“It's been our best handle that I can remember on these two individual tournaments (SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii), so it's promising going into this year,” said Jeff Sherman, the manager at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, without disclosing numbers. 

Sherman sets the weekly golf lines, for release to the public on Mondays. Interestingly, the odds are set mostly based on the competitors’ success in recent weeks, with some credit given to their history on the host course. World ranking and many performance stats that the tours use to chart players are ignored.

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Greetings from a wet and windy Pebble Beach Golf Links, site of this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  Three weeks into publishing Morning Read, we hope to be providing you with something different and interesting in golf, but we won’t know until we hear from you. Any feedback – good or not – would be welcome. Please contact me via email ( or Twitter direct message (@alexmiceli). 

Best wishes for the 2017 golf season.

Alex Miceli
Founder and publisher
Morning Read

Keeping score
75 The aggregate score in nine starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am dating to 2008 for Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner of the event

From the industry

Zero Friction introduced its DistancePro GPS Glove, which features a Bluetooth-powered yardage device on the flap, at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The device can be transferred to replacement Zero Friction gloves.

Bag Boy Co. introduced a new bag-to-cart attachment system at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The device will be available on some new models of Bag Boy carts and bags.

February 4-9
Golf Industry Show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
February 7-11
Club Managers Association of America World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
February 9-12
PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
European Tour: Maybank Championship
Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tour: Club Colombia Championship
Bogota (Colombia) Country Club
February 10-12
West Michigan Golf Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Champions Tour: Allianz Championship
The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
February 16-19
LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Grange, Australia
European Tour: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
PGA Tour: Genesis Open
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif. Tour: Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama
February 17-19
Champions Tour: Chubb Classic
TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
February 23-26
European Tour: Joburg Open
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
PGA Tour: The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old), Chonburi, Thailand
February 24-26
Chicago Golf Show
Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.
Toronto Golf And Travel Show
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
February 27-28
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
February 28 - March 2
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
February 28 - March 3
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
Inverness, Scotland

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