Monterey County Herald: AT&T Field At Pebble Beach To Be Reduced
The PGA TOUR and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation announced that the TOUR's Policy Board today approved the reduction of the professional field for the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 180 to 156 players. The amateur field consequently will be reduced by the same number.
"Given its history and location on the scenic Monterey Peninsula, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has always been one of the most popular events on the PGA TOUR," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. "The change in field size will enhance the competition and the amateurs' experience, and help to ensure the continued growth and success of the event for years to come."
"This is a positive step in our continual quest to improve the event," states Ollie Nutt, president and CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. "With the return of Monterey Peninsula Country Club to the rotation and the celebration of AT&T's 25th year as title sponsor, this will further strengthen the experience for contestants and spectators alike."
The popular tournament is undergoing some changes, as Poppy Hills has been replaced on the rota of courses used in the tournament, and now the field has been reduced. The total number of players that won't make it in - 48, or 24 pros and 24 amateurs - will certainly make scheduling and logistics somewhat easier for the tournament organizers, and to be honest, many of the Tour players who don't make it in are not marquee names.