Former AT&T Pro-Am Winner Peter Jacobsen Still Passionate for Pro-Ams
Jan. 16, 2014
Now a member of the Champions Tour, Peter Jacobsen won’t be playing in the AT&T Pro-Am anytime soon.
Nevertheless, it’s easy to see that the one-time tourney favorite hasn’t lost his love for the Pro-Am format.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday at the Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation, where he’s playing this week on an exemption, Jacobsen all but sounded like he was in the interview room at Pebble Beach.
The ‘Spirit of the Crosby’ meets the Hope in the desert.
“I think it’s a very special opportunity for us to be able to give back to those corporations and individuals that allow us to do what we do,” said Jacobsen, whose last AT&T appearance came in 2008. “In that respect, tournaments like the Humana Challenge, the AT&T Pro-Am, events like that where we get to rub elbows inside the ropes with these corporate executives and CEOs, I think it’s an opportunity we should embrace.”
As Jacobsen sees it, it’s at Pro-Ams where the pros get a chance to be the admirers– and not the admired.
“When we used to have the Andy Williams San Diego Open and obviously, the Crosby and the Bob Hope and the Ed McMahon and Sammy Davis Jr., those were always tournaments that were exciting because we had a chance to be hanging out with all the celebrities and the athletes that we watched day in and day out,” Jacobsen said.
During Jacobsen’s heydays at the AT&T, he’d pal around one of the event’s most popular celebrities ever. His longtime amateur partner was the late actor Jack Lemmon, who famously never made the cut in 25 tries.
But even when he played with a different amateur, Jacobsen said his Pro-Am goal was the same.
“I think that if you come into the week with the attitude that I’m going to make sure that my amateur partner this week, when he leaves here he’s going to say he had the best experience on a golf course that he’s ever had. And that was always my goal whether I was playing with Jack Lemmon at Pebble Beach or an amateur that just paid to play in the tournament. I wanted them to have the best week that he could possibly have,” Jacobsen said. “I think going into an event like this or any event where we’re with amateurs, it’s all about preparation and your attitude going in.”