Brady's in, but Murray's out for Pebble

Updated: February 3, 2004, 3:04 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Super Bowl MVP is coming to Pebble Beach.

Bill Murray
Murray

Tom Brady
Brady

Fresh off his second Super Bowl title in three years and trips to Disney World and Boston to celebrate the Patriots' victory, quarterback Tom Brady will play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which begins Thursday on the Monterey Peninsula.

The San Francisco Chroncile confirmed Brady's spot, but also reported that longtime Pebble fixture Bill Murray would miss the tournament because of production delays in his latest movie, which is being filmed in Italy.

"It'll be really boring without him," Murray's longtime partner Scott Simpson told the Chronicle, with a laugh. "He's probably more bummed than I am. This is like a major for him."

Pebble Beach CEO Bill Perocchi -- who attended Super Bowl XXXVIII on Sunday -- is a Boston native and big fan of the Patriots and Red Sox. He invited Brady to play last year for the first time, and asked him back for this week's tournament.

Last year, Brady was paired with Dan Marino and pros Fred Couples and Jesper Parnevik.

"With Tom being local [from San Mateo] and me being from Boston, we've established a pretty good relationship with the family," Perocchi told the Chronicle. "And Tom had a great time last year. It's a little bit of relaxation for him."

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