The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players.
The surge in COVID-19 cases in California led organizers to cancel the Pro-Am portion of a tournament with a long history of entertainers and celebrities mingling with the pros in one of the most scenic spots in the country.
That means Bill Murray has no antics, Justin Timberlake breaks into songs while waiting for a tea box or even the latest fashion statement from rap singer Macklemore.
The tournament also loses one of its golf courses. The 156-man field from February 11-14 will only be played at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. It usually includes the Shore course at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
Pebble Beach is the second PGA Tour event to lose the Pro-Am format. American Express announced next week in La Quinta, California, that it would only have pros on two courses in the desert. Fans are not allowed.
Coronavirus cases in California have risen sharply since Thanksgiving, although the numbers have flattened in the past few days. Even so, new cases over the past week are far larger in the country’s most populous state than in Texas and Florida.
California reported an additional 589 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the number to 31,102 and 33,751 new infections, some of which will inevitably lead to more hospitalizations and deaths.