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Bellyhungry
Jun 10, 2010, 01:05 PM
As many of you know, GD/NBC have been hosting an event featuring 1 amateur + 3 celebs at US Open site a week or so prior to the actual tournament to see how they measure up against the pros in (almost) US Open condition.

This year, the celebs are Drew Bree, Marky Mark, and 99.

The amateur, as selected by GD readers, is Peggy Ference, a 56 years old 5-handicapper.

The results?

Bree - 102
Gretzky - 100
Marky Mark - 97
Peggy - 118

I am glad GD readers have a sense of humor by voting for the one person among the 4 or 5 candidates who is probably least likely to score well.

Borbor
Jun 10, 2010, 01:09 PM
course rating for pebble at the tips is 75.5 with a slope of north of 145.

For someone whose drive barely goes over 200 yards, no wonder she scored 118

Big Shooter
Jun 10, 2010, 01:56 PM
...but she said she would fare better than previous competitors because she was more "accurate"....guess NOT!! :$

Bentley01
Jun 10, 2010, 02:03 PM
...but she said she would fare better than previous competitors because she was more "accurate"....guess NOT!! :$

She must have a horrendous short game for a 5!:eek:

Rusty
Jun 10, 2010, 02:06 PM
My niece, who was a very good collegiate player but hardly plays at all anymore, played Pebble Beach last June. She probably played the men's regular (white) tees and I'm sure it was not a US Open set up. She shot 75.

Rusty

toturtle
Jun 10, 2010, 02:15 PM
Has any amateur done well in this? I remember last year's guy didn't fare that well either. Maybe it has to do with playing with celebrities and being intimidated.

focal
Jun 10, 2010, 02:19 PM
Has any amateur done well in this? I remember last year's guy didn't fare that well either. Maybe it has to do with playing with celebrities and being intimidated.

timberlake, tony romo and Jordan did okay last year...

Bellyhungry
Jun 10, 2010, 02:36 PM
I think the novelty of no-name amateurs playing US Open course setup has come and gone.

focal
Jun 10, 2010, 02:49 PM
I think the novelty of no-name amateurs playing US Open course setup has come and gone.


I think the original concept and challenge was "could a low handicap break 100 on a US Open set up"

I think having 4 no name amateurs try is a good idea...

but I guess for TV value, they knocked it to one amateur and some celebrities.

the recent course setups have eased back on the ultimate torture test, after they "lost the greens" a few years back and had to water during the tournament play

igoping
Jun 10, 2010, 03:04 PM
I have had the honour to play Pebble Beach on the 26th of June. 6.5 - 7" of rough and much reduced fairways were the toughest part of playing this beautiful track. I played it under normal conditions in September last year and I can tell you it is night and day.

Pebble Beach is beautiful to the point of distracting. Playing under scrutiny is another problem when everyone is watching you. The US Open set up is completely different from the AT&T set up.

If you can find the ball in the rough, be happy to advance it about 30 yards at a time - it is that tough. The greens were not so bad. I am used to fast greens and the caddies help out with the breaks but the ROUGH!!