The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am scored a coup on Tuesday when Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, fresh off his team’s Super Bowl drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, became a late entry. What better way to soothe the wounds of a colossal Super Bowl loss than spending a few days strolling the fairways of the heavenly Monterey Peninsula?
Manning’s entry adds luster to a celebrity field hampered by the absence of Bill Murray, the tournament’s clown prince, who is filming a movie. Other regulars such as Ray Romano, Andy Garcia and Kenny G will be there, as will Manning foil Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, but beyond that the celeb field is mostly B-grade. Kid Rock and John Daly? Please.
Steve John, the AT&T’s tournament director, told the The Herald in Monterey County that the event has no plans to drop its celebrity component, as the Humana Challenge has.
“We’d like to get the hottest names every year,” John said. “My goal is five new faces a year to offer more variety, which we hope is going to bring a new audience to this event every year. We don’t want to get stale.”
Toward that end, here are some suggestions for next year’s celeb field:
• Barack Obama – Who better to draw eyeballs than the leader of the free world?
• Catherine Zeta-Jones – Beauty and game. Enough said.
• Psy – Pair the South Korean popster with James Hahn, and you’d have Gangnam Style on every green.
• A-Rod – After the chants in Phoenix last weekend, a Vijay pairing is a must.
• Brad Pitt – Want female fans? Pair Pitt with Adam Scott.