2005 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- Playground of Celebrities, Serious Golf

Photos By David Vier, Text and Captions By Jeffrey A. Rendall

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – There’s no doubt, it’s a strange sight to see someone like Bill Murray playing alongside professional golfers. 

You might see it at an exclusive private club, or you might catch a glimpse at an elite resort – but to see these vastly different types of players together in front of thousands of people, out in the open for everyone to see… well, it’s a rare treat.  That’s exactly what you get every year at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Murray and other celebrities have thrilled and entertained us for years, and it’s a credit to them that they’re able to do it on a golf course as well – and perhaps even more impressive is they’re able to have fun in a manner that doesn’t interfere with the professionals competing for the big money in the tournament. 

There are always a few low-handicappers amongst the invited set, yet none of them would rival the pros in abilities.  Murray hit some great shots over the weekend, but even though he rolled in a few birdies, everyone was still concerned with catching ‘the act.’ 

It’s all in good fun.  Some of these folks you see every year, and some seem like they’re first-timers. 

GolfTheMidAtlantic.com Photographer David Vier was there to save the special moments for us.  Take a look:

Always the crowd favorite, Bill Murray's developed a pretty solid golf game to go along with his comic talents. Carl Spackler really has learned to play.

There's certainly a lot of yards between these two -- Emmit Smith and Jerry Rice. Golf only suggests what they'll be doing after they hang-up the cleats for good.

If Donald Trump's place in the AT&T Pro-Am was based on the beauty of his golf swing, there's only one thing we could say...

Bill Murray's round at Poppy Hills wasn't without its un-intended comic elements. On his final hole of the day, he hit out of a greenside bunker onto the next tee. Murray did manage to hit a decent recovery shot, however.

When he's not playing the saxophone, Kenny G loves to play golf. Not sure if his golf prowess constitutes sweet music, but he's developed a pretty nice game.

Comic team Ray Romano and Kevin James are familiar sights at the AT&T. Now that Romano's show has wrapped-up, he'll have a lot more time to try to improve on the greens.

Huey Lewis is famous for singing about the 'Heart of Rock n' Roll,' but now his heart's into golf.

Kevin Costner never blows up on the golf course, but then again, his game doesn't quite match Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy's, either.

For some reason, comedians seem to enjoy golf in their spare time. Here, George Lopez with the flat-stick.

Chris Berman was supposed to go to the Pro Bowl (as an announcer, of course!), but he and Jeff Sluman played so well that he made the cut in the Pro-Am. All that, and he got to spend four days with Bill Murray, too.


AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills.  Pebble Beach, California 

Purse:  $5.3 million

Winner’s share:  $954,000

2005 Winner:  Phil Mickelson

Score:  269

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