News & ToursJune 18, 2010

It might be the Open, but it's still early and it's still California

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Call it a Lakers' hangover, or maybe it's just a California thing in general, but it was a late arriving crowd here for the second round of the U.S. Open.

OK, granted the 7 a.m. opening tee time usually only brings out friends and family. Still, when Terry Pilkadaris, Rich Barcelo and Gary Boyd teed off on the first hole this morning, there were only 34 people in the grandstand.

"I wanted to beat the crowd to see Tiger this morning," said Jim Sanders, one of the hearty souls in the first tee bleachers, when I asked him about braving the morning chill.

Upon hearing the statement, a marshal made eye contact with me. I got the sense he was thinking the same thing I was. How do we break it to him that while Tiger Woods indeed tees off at 8:06 a.m., he's going off the 10th hole?

-- Ryan Herrington

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