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Alternate Shot: Is Pebble still a top event?

2/7/2005

"This is the best tournament in the world," Jack Lemmon once said of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. "I've played them all and this is the best."

There never used to be any question about such a thought. Raised as Bing Crosby's Clambake, the event had a certain mystique around it -- maybe it was triple-threat combination of big-time golfers and big-time celebrities playing on big-time courses -- that made it one of the most anticipated tournaments of the PGA Tour season.

These days the event falls two weeks after another pro-am, the Bob Hope Classic, and has seemingly taken a backseat to some of the more "important" tour stops.

Which brings up the question: Is the Pebble Beach Pro-Am still a top-tier PGA Tour event?

ESPN.com's Bob Harig and Golf World's Ron Sirak debate the issue.

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