Doesn’t get any better than this: Pebble Beach exceeds the hype

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Whether they’ve written it out on paper or not, every golfer has a bucket list. And Pebble Beach Golf Links is on every single one. On your first trip to the masterpiece on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula, whether you’re playing or not, it’s easy to see why. Sprawling views of the ocean as far as the eyes can see, yachts and sailboats floating just off the coast, grandiose cliffs plunging from the course down to the beach, where people and their dogs splash about seemingly without a care in the world. Even the relatively ordinary holes are lined with extraordinary homes that, while you’re not exactly sure how much they’re worth, you know you can’t afford. Sure, the U.S. Open brings with it giant merchandise tents and grandstands, but in a way, the fact they’re staging one of the biggest tournaments in the world here only makes it more beautiful. Because the U.S. Open also brings with it the best players in the world, playing one of the best courses in the world, in what are supposed to be perfect conditions this week. “There’s no more special place than Pebble Beach, period,” said two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els. “Every day is different out here, but it’s very similar, if you know what I mean.” As soon as you start down the beachside stretch of holes on No. 4, you know exactly what Els means. It’s a vibe. “Walking down the scenic holes on the front nine, you can’t help but just be impressed with the place,” said 2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose. “I’m excited about playing my first U.S. Open here. I think the course is in wonderful condition. It’s primed and ready to go.” Your browser does not support iframes. U.S. Open: Full-field tee times | Full coverage It’s hard to pick a definitive hole without doing a disservice to the others, but let’s just say the pros are big fans of them all. There’s the iconic 109-yard, par-3 seventh, which Jon Rahm calls “easily a top three par-3 in the world,” and which was graced by quick Coast Guard helicopter fly-by Tuesday as Phil Mickelson teed off during his practice round. Then there’s No. 8. “The greatest second shot in golf,” Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach, said of the 428 yard par-4. “To me, if I had one shot to hit for the rest of my life, that would be the one.” From No. 1 to 18, the pros don’t have a bad word to say about the layout. And they shouldn’t. If the golf gods have an office, this is where it’s located. “It was more beautiful in person than I could have imagined,” Jordan Spieth said, recalling his first trip to Pebble Beach. “And then to be inside the ropes playing a tournament, not only not having to pay to play, but getting paid to play — Pebble Beach is really special and always has been. Winning a golf tournament here was so cool. To be able to walk up the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, I mean, that’s like walking up the 18th at Augusta. It’s iconic.” “How can you not like the views? It’s a cool place just to play golf and just to be here. It really is special,” said two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka. “This would be the coolest thing, to win three in a row and to win a third one at Pebble, I think that’s really — it’s such a special place. And to be as a little kid you always wanted to play a U.S. Open at Pebble. It’s kind of a dream come true, in a sense.” Dream come true … bucket list … once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Call it whatever you want, but it all boils down to this – it’s the most beautiful place on Earth, and they let you bring your clubs. What more do you need to know?last_img read more

Lea Michele releases gorgeous music video for Christmas in New York

first_imgLea Michele has unveiled a gorgeous music video for her original festive track Christmas in New York.Taken from her recently released holiday album Christmas in the City, Christmas in New York was written by Michele with Adam Anders, Nikki Anders and Peer Astrom. Take a look at the video below:The magical video captures the spirit of the season with Michele performing inside a snow globe and in the back of an iconic NYC yellow taxi as it rolls through the brightly-lit city. There are also scenes shot at the Rockefeller Center with Christmas revellers skating on the ice rink.Christmas in the City is Michele’s first festive collection and her first studio album since 2017’s Places. Christmas in New York follows the album’s lead single It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which was released to tease the album in September.Michele has been busy promoting the record and recently performed White Christmas with Kelly Clarkson on The Kelly Clarkson Show. You can grab a copy of Christmas in the City now to get in the festive spirit!last_img read more

IndyCar finale: Start time, lineup, TV for Grand Prix of Sonoma

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:6012cc5f2c8e04f876fb866a Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-141102-4445272269001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Will Power will start on the pole for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. (Eric Risberg, AP)Will Power will start on the pole for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. (Eric Risberg, AP)It’s IndyCar race day at Sonoma Raceway, and we’ve got some essential information you need to get ready for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.START TIME: Drivers will be instructed to start their engines between 4:30 and 5 p.m. ET (1:30 and 2 PT), followed by the green flag at 5:07 p.m. ET. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV at 5:07 p.m.RACE DISTANCE: The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is 85 laps around the 2.385-mile road course at Sonoma Raceway for a total of 202.73 miles.FINALE: Experience could be key to capturing IndyCar titleNATIONAL ANTHEM: Singer-songwriter Lindsay Bruce, a California native and a contestant on NBC’s The Voice in season six, will sing the anthem before today’s race.center_img TV SCHEDULE: NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will broadcast today’s race and has a pre-race show beginning at 4 p.m. ET.MONTOYA: On cusp of titleLIVE STREAMING: Available at RaceControl.IndyCar.com and for Verizon Wireless customers at The Verizon IndyCar 15 app.WEATHER: The National Weather service is calling for a beautiful summer day in Northern California’s wine country, with sunny skies and a high in the low 80s for the start of the race with a slight dip into the mid-high 70s toward the race’s conclusion.LAST TIME: Scott Dixon started third in the penultimate race of the 2014 season and won for the second time at Sonoma (also in 2007). Three-time Sonoma winner Will Power finished 10th to hang onto the points lead heading into last season’s finale.MONTOYA: Dixon may be biggest challenger for IndyCar titleSTARTING LINEUP: Power will start from the pole for the fifth time in eight career IndyCar races at Sonoma and for the sixth time this season. Points leader Juan Pablo Montoya will start fifth; Graham Rahal, who is second in the standings, will start sixth.Here is the starting lineup for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma (car number in parentheses):1. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet2. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevrolet3. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda4. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Chevrolet5. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevrolet6. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda7. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevrolet8. (27) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda9. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevrolet10. (8) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevrolet11. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet12. (26) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda13. (20) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Chevrolet14. (77) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda15. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet16. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevrolet17. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda18. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda19. (25) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda20. (4) Stefano Coletti, Dallara-Chevrolet21. (98) Gabby Chaves, Dallara-Honda22. (7) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda23. (19) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda24. (18) Rodolfo Gonzalez, Dallara-Honda25. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Hondalast_img read more