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Open Considers Pebble

February 10, 2003|Thomas Bonk

PEBBLE BEACH — It played more like June than the first week of February, so it may be no coincidence that Pebble Beach Golf Links seems to be back in sights of the U.S. Open.

The USGA has already opened discussions with the Pebble Beach Company about staging the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which last hosted the national championship in 2000 when Tiger Woods won.

The USGA already has decided its Open courses through 2009.

At this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, conditions were similar to a U.S. Open setup in terms of hard fairways and firm greens. Narrow fairways and high rough were the only pieces missing.

Pebble Beach also hosted the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson won, and in 1992, when Tom Kite won.

A decision could be announced during the Open at Olympia Fields, Illinois, June 12-15, but that may be too early.

Thomas Bonk

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*--* Top Scores Sunday's 72-hole top finishers at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Final round played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links

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*--* 274 (-14)--$900,000 Davis Love III...72-67-67-68 275 (-13)--$540,000 Tom Lehman...68-70-70-67 276 (-12)--$290,000 Tim Herron...69-69-72-66 Mike Weir...67-74-67-68 279 (-9)--$190,000 Jim Furyk...71-66-73-69 Rocco Mediate...70-71-68-70 280 (-8)--$155,833.34 Phil Tataurangi...68-73-70-69 Paul Stankowski...71-67-73-69 Brad Faxon...70-70-70-70

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*--* 281 (-7)--$125,000 Tim Clark...74-66-70-71 Rory Sabbatini...71-69-70-71 Rod Pampling...70-68-70-73

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*--* Complete scores...D12

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