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Summer 2018

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U . S . A M A T E U R P R E V I E W T he incomparable Jack Nicklaus, a great and mighty golfer whose influence stretches the world over, becomes an everyman when it comes to one of his great loves – Pebble Beach Golf Links. He gushes about the place like the rest of us, famously saying that if he had one round of golf left to play, he'd like it to be at Pebble Beach. From left to right: Jack Nicklaus holds the U.S. Amateur's Havemeyer Trophy in his left hand; the iconic par-3, seventh green at Pebble; Justin Suh can't wait to tee off at Pebble for the first time; Nathaniel Crosby jumps for joy after winning the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club. "When I first played Pebble, I loved it," Nicklaus said. "Loved the type of golf you had to play. Length was advantageous, but not necessary. It was a golf course that I thought played better left to right than right to left." Loved it so much, in fact, that Nicklaus took down every detail, creating and using a yardage book for the first time at Pebble Beach during the 1961 U.S. Amateur. Former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, a two-time U.S. Amateur champion, had inspired Nicklaus with his own book during a practice round. LEFT AND OPPOSITE: USGA; TOP: JOANN DOST

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