On Friday, the big one at pebble, we had been told a major storm had been coming in due at one, so it was going to be touch and go whether we would get round. We did get to the 17th before being drenched but the gale was with us all day. Despite this I played superbly starting par, par and no doubles despite losing a ball on the first par3 the 5th when the wind of the ocean took my ball into some ,millionaires garden. The par 5 sixth up the hill took a drive and three 3 woods into the wind and I was still short. The famed 7th just 100 yard downhill but into the teeth of the gale. i was 40 yard short with a 6 iron, but got up and down. The 8th with the wind behind was just a drive and a wedge, unbelievable experience. When the rain came on the 16th Tee, I needed a par, par bogey finish to break 80. A great drive, set up the par at 16th but the dreaded finish was left. the 17th again into a massive left to right wind needed a drive to reach the par3 narrow green. I gave it everything and just reached the front and two putts as the rain poured downleft a 6 at the famous par5 as enuff to break 80. We were in the teeth of the storm but the wind was with me and of the ocean on 18. I launched a drive over the pacific and watched expectantly that the ball would fade back into the fairway, it did over the fairway and into the bunkers at over 300 yards. Impossible. I was in deep manure, but a short escape, 3 wood of the middle wedge to ten feet and two putts for a bogey 6 and a 79.
Drenched but elated on 18.
Everything ever written about Pebble is true, exceptional golfing test, spectacular backdrops, it doesnt get any better. Probably the best Ive ever played.Livin the Dream