PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA | He once was called “the most popular man alive.” To a country that only recently had emerged from a world war, in the late 1940s Bing Crosby, all talent, grace and charm, was a reflection of the best of America. That, as a golfer so skilled he once aced the 16th at Cypress Point, Crosby chose to develop a tournament became the good fortune of those who play the game for a living and the rest of us who wish we could – whether movie stars, football heroes or commoners. The Bing Crosby Pro-Am after Bing’s death evolved into the current AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, an historic winter carnival of beautiful courses and not infrequently – this year for instance – less-than- beautiful weather. We pause to consider umbrellas, parkas and most of all laughter. “I almost cried when I had to tell tennis goodbye,” said the retired tennis star Andy Roddick, who as champion of the U.S. Open in 2003 was the last American to win a Grand Slam event. “And I also almost cried,” he add- ed, “when I hit my tee shot at 17.” Second serve. Here are some names: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course. Here are other names: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Belichick, Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith, Kurt Russell, Jeb Bush, Chris Berman, Wayne Gretzky, Darius Rucker, Kid Rock, Herman Edwards, James Blake, Kelly Slater, Ray Romano, Clay Walker and Jake Owen.