Why the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is golf's finest soap opera

The Scoop

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am had more subplots than your average episode of EastEnders. Alex Perry digs a little deeper in Dialled In

Hello. Welcome to another edition of Dialled In. Did you stay up to watch the drama at Pebble?

How good was that final round? When World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, former World No. 1 Jason Day, and four-time Pebble champion Phil Mickelson – with their seven majors between them – as well as in-form Chez Reavie are hunting you down, you need to be ice cold.

And hats off to Ted Potter Jr, who did just that.

I love that he just showed zero emotion throughout, staring down the best player in the world who crumbled in the California breeze.

That emotion all came tumbling out on the edge of 18…

DJ outdrove TPJ to the tune of around 40, 50 yards, but hey, we should rein in the golf ball, right?

Potter’s victory was a smack in the face to those whose involvement in golf seems to be limited to persistent whinging about how far the golf ball goes. Sometimes just playing sensible golf gets you places.

Incidentally, if you want to follow Potter on Twitter, there are two options. One, @TedPotterJr, has one tweet, but it’s totally worth it…

The other, @TedPotterJrPGA, has a few more, and was set up on Saturday and consists solely of retweets of Pebble Beach updates.

Mr Potter, we salute you.

Seventh heaven

There were no aces at Everyone’s Favourite Par 3 this week, but Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who won the Pro-Am segment of the tournament alongside Kevin Streelman, was among those who came pretty close…

But the stand-out moment from the short par-3 actually came from Nick Faldo. Kind of.

The six-time major champion was at a gathering at fellow pundit Jim Nantz’s home when he did this…

Lovely stuff from Snick. Though the achievement is completely overshadowed by the fact he’s wearing a jacket that Mr T wouldn’t be seen dead in and that Nantz has a replica of of one of golf’s most iconic holes in his back yard. You know, like we all have.

Machine head case

This had me glued all weekend…

Bell has ‘La Maquina’ plastered across his tour bag, which means ‘The Machine’ in Spanish. Tron has adjusted this to ‘La Maquiladora’, which means ‘The Sweatshop’.

I can think of a better nickname for Bell that uses his actual name…

Rahmpage

I’m excited to see what John Rahm’s career brings, but he desperately needs to sort out his final-round jitters. For a third event in a row, he’s fallen from contention to outside the top 10 on Sunday.

In fact, these are his two latest tweets. Spot the theme…

One large scoop of Tour Sauce

How good does it feel when you slide your clubface under a divot and it actually stays there? Don’t even think about pretending to not know what I’m on about.

Now imagine how good it would be to be this good at it…

Sky’s the limit

And finally on Pebble, Sky Sports Golf’s twoball of Nick Dougherty and David Howell was perfect. No self-serving nonsense and inane cliché, just two guys who clearly get on and who know this sport as well as well as anyone, who only let themselves down with a barrage of Harry Potter jokes.

More of these two please, Sky.

Aphibarnrat up a drainpipe

Over in Perth, Kiradech Aphibarnrat triumphed at the World Super 6.

I have to say, even though I didn’t get to see a lot of it due to the time difference, I am quite a fan of the format, which sees the players take on 54 holes of stroke play before a final day of six-hole match play battles to the death.

Aphibarnrat also won the Paul Lawrie Match Play a couple of years ago, so I went for a spot of fishing on Sunday morning…

Sadly only got a couple of nibbles. Anyway, what is even more impressive is that the Thai star only committed to the Australian tournament a week ago and had to cancel a holiday in the Maldives.

<plug>The Slam</plug>

Did you see the latest episode of The Slam on Friday? There’s an update on the Scottsdale Streaker, Eddie Pepperell has some words of advice for Jason Day, and everyone is upset about another athlete getting a spot in a golf event.

Vote Hurley

I can’t use laughing emojis because, well, I’m 35. But if I could I’d be using a whole bunch of them on this…

A new Paige

Paige Spiranac was in the news last week – for something she did on a golf course!

Nah just kidding, she is the newest star of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition…

I’m being facetious, of course. Whether you like it or not, it’s pointing eyes in golf’s direction and anything that brings a new audience to the game is fine with me. (And my Lady Golfer colleague Harriet Shephard, as you can see here.)

The year of DJ

And finally, give it up for Mr Johnson…

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