AT&T Missing Funnyman/Former Champ Bill Murray
Jan. 10, 2014
At Thursday’s AT&T Pro-Am media day at MPCC, Monterey Peninsula Foundation CEO Steve John noted that funnyman Bill Murray will not play in this year’s tournament due to movie commitments. One of Murray’s latest projects—the film ‘Monuments Men’, which tells the true story of a World War II U.S. Army platoon tasked with retrieving stolen art from the Nazis –will premiere the Friday of tournament week.
“No, Bill isn’t going to be able to play,” John lamented.
While always good for some giggles, it was in 2011 that the fan favorite stole the show at Pebble Beach by winning the Pro-Am portion of the tournament with professional partner D.A. Points. The win resulted in Murray’s name being etched on the plaque recognizing Pro-Am winners that sits below the first tee box at Pebble Beach.
Prior to his Pro-Am win, Murray had already showed a winning touch at Pebble Beach. In 2006, Murray was Scott Simpson’s amateur partner when Simpson won the Champions Tour Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. He was also Jeff Sluman’s amateur partner during Sluman’s back-to-back The First Tee Open victories in 2008 and 2009.
Rodgers, Smith, Gretzky, Kid Rock Confirm
While Murray is out, there’ll be plenty of others for celebrity watchers to keep an eye on.
Joining the AT&T Pro-Am field for the first time will be musician Kid Rock, whose real name Robert James Ritchie, Kid Rock played with host Tiger Woods at last year’s Tiger Jam fundraiser in Las Vegas. Kid Rock is expected to be paired with pal and fellow ‘Rebel Soul’ John Daly. The duo was paired together at the 2008 Buick Open Pro-Am, with Daly even teeing off Kid Rock’s beer can.
Also slated to get in their swings are former 49ers QB Alex Smith, current Packers and former Cal star Aaron Rodgers, actor Kurt Russell and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Look for Gretzky to be paired with PGA Tour member Dustin Johnson, who is engaged to Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina.
Also unable to play this year is Bay Area favorite Huey Lewis. In the Spirit of the Crosby, Lewis will still attend the tournament to perform at the Volunteer Party.
Other recent additions to the professional field include Phil Mickelson and Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth.