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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Even before the first ball was struck Thursday morning in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a triple bogey had been recorded.
The fact that it was of the clerical flavor and didn’t occur on the golf course didn’t change the pain it caused Steve John or the disappointment that was felt by Billy Hurley. But thanks to John’s integrity and Hurley’s graciousness, what could have been an ugly story was averted.
Not that John still isn’t crushed by his mistake.
“I’ve never felt so bad in my life,” said John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and by extension pretty much the tournament director of this week’s PGA Tour stop. “I’m embarrassed. I cannot apologize enough.”