California Hailstorm Delays Final Round of Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Hail covers the second green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Pebble Beach, California. Play was suspended after the hailstorm.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Hail quickly covered the greens at the Pebble Beach course.
  • The final round was delayed for several hours.
  • The tournament will likely be completed on Monday.

Golfers, caddies and spectators raced for cover Sunday when hail began to pelt the course at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The frozen pea-sized pellets soon covered the greens, and play had to be suspended.

Paul Casey had a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson at the time. Play was expected to resume at 1 p.m. local time. The final round earlier had been delayed for one hour because of rain. The tournament will likely be completed Monday.

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Workers used squeegees and leaf blowers to remove the hail.

A greenskeeper uses a leaf blower to clear hail from the second green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Pebble Beach, California. Play was suspended after the hailstorm.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Temperatures had been in the mid-40s, but wind chill made it feel like the upper 30s.

It was the type of weather that once gave the event its reputation. It was known as “Crosby weather” when Bing Crosby was the tournament host for the better part of a half-century.

Pebble had one round in 1962 postponed because of snow. Jimmy Demaret rolled out of his bed at the Lodge, looked at the 18th green and said, “I know I had a lot to drink last night … but how did I end up in Squaw Valley?”

The tournament has been on a great run for the last two decades, with a few exceptions. Dustin Johnson won the first of his two titles in 2009 when the final round was delayed until Monday because of rain, and then canceled because the storm system wouldn’t leave.

Si Woo Kim, second from right, of South Korea, stands with a rules officials and watches greenskeepers clear standing water from the second green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Pebble Beach, California.

The last time the final round was played on Monday was in 2000, when Tiger Woods rallied from a five-shot deficit to win his sixth consecutive PGA Tour start.

Mickelson also won on a Monday — in August. That was in 1998, when rain soaked the Monterey Peninsula in February, and the PGA Tour decided to play the third round the day after the PGA Championship ended up the Pacific coast at Sahalee.

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