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NEWS: Pebble Beach — The Houses, The Amateurs And Oh … The Golf

Dustin Johnson on the 18th green during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. (Photo credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – If you’re thinking of getting a place with a nice view around the Pebble Beach Golf Links, there’s a 5,100-square foot house available alongside the world famous 18th hole.

There’s a for sale sign at the corner of the driveway with a laminated information sheet attached that has the essential details.

You would have to put up with golf tournament crowds this one week of the year and there are always those resort guests coughing up $500 or so to play their bucket-list round not to mention the tourists who pay $10.25 to drive through your neighborhood to look at the rocks and the ocean and the otters.

And it’s on the pricey side.

The house is on the market for $22.7 million, but Charles Schwab lives nearby so perhaps he could talk you through the financial side of things.

There’s no place quite like Pebble Beach.

That’s why 156 amateurs fork over five figures for the opportunity to play three rounds of golf – four if they are among the 25 pro-am teams to make the Sunday cut – with PGA Tour players who are grinding away at their day jobs.

Sure, there are celebrities. Bill Murray in his bell bottoms of many colors. Larry the Cable Guy in his camo gear. Tony Romo prepping for his PGA Tour debut next month. Ray Romano. Darius Rucker. Aaron Rodgers.

Clint Eastwood is hanging around being Clint Eastwood.

With the first three rounds complete, it reverts back to a proper PGA Tour event Sunday with Dustin Johnson sharing the lead with Ted Potter Jr., two ahead of Jason Day and Troy Merritt.

Two three-putts kept Phil Mickelson from being close enough to have a reasonable shot at winning and lousy play Friday and Saturday knocked Rory McIlroy out of Sunday’s round.

If you’re handicapping the finish, Dustin Johnson is overwhelming favorite but funny things happen in golf. Such as Potter nearly becoming the 10th player to break 60 in a PGA Tour event until he bogeyed his last two holes in the chilly wind Saturday to shoot 62.

If you’re not real sure who Potter is, know this: He won the 2012 Greenbrier Classic but he also played an entire season on what is now the Tour without making a cut, going 0-for-24.

Pebble Beach is a place where people can live their dreams and the winner’s check of $1.332 million could go toward decorating the bungalow for sale along the 18th fairway.


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