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Winter 2018

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Heck yeah! Without hesitation, Maverick hopped in his car and made the journey to Pebble, where while waiting on the fifth tee box the following day Mickelson gave Scott his cell phone digits so they could keep in touch. When Mickelson wandered over to the tee, Maverick whispered to his dad, "Ok, you're officially cool in my book now." His father's 12th appear- ance in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which also includes rounds at Spyglass Hills and Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course, is set to be the coolest experience yet as father and son are expected to be a pro-am team. "Some day, we joked, we have to play in this. I'd be the pro and he'd be the am," says Maver- ick, who remembers his dad sneaking him inside the ropes at Pebble Beach when he was 5 years old "and still cute." Maverick, 22, is making his official Pro-Am debut, though he took his first trip around Pebble Beach on his 16th birthday, and knows the other two tournament courses like the back of his hand, having played an estimated 40+ rounds at Spyglass during NCGA Match Play (which he won in 2015) and NCGA Junior competitions and many more at MPCC thanks to his dad's membership there. Expect it to be the first of many for Maverick, a Northern California native. "I will play the tourna- ment every year that I get an invitation," he says. This will be Davis Love III's 30th time in the Pebble field if he can make it back in time from hip-replacement surgery in November, and the now 53-year-old two–time cham- pion (2001, 2003) hopes the event will be on his winter calendar for some time to come. "I'll find myself on the 10th green at Pebble not ready when it's my time to putt," Love says. "I'll be looking down that beach where people are walking and surfing, just getting lost on what's going on at the ocean." Playing Pebble can have that effect on even the best of them. Love, inducted into the World Golf NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2018 31 A T & T P R E V I E W M averick McNealy remembers turning on his phone when his flight landed in San Francisco late one Saturday night in February. It was during his fresh- man year at Stanford in 2014 and his eyes grew wide as he read a text from his father, Scott. "I'm paired on Sunday with Phil Mickelson at Pebble Beach. Do you want to caddie for me?" COURTESY PEBBLE BEACH/EVAN SCHILLER

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