For the first time in a few years, I was sent to Pebble Beach on Thursday Feb. 12, to gather photos for a Sunday story.  The last time I shot the event, everything with the economy was peachy.  Three years of a bummer economy have taken a toll, even at Pebble Beach.

It’s the little things you notice.  A national sponsor for vehicles used by the pro golfers to get around.  In previous years, it was a local dealer supplying the transportation.  No bottled water to stock up on in the press tent.  I know, stop being a baby, Kent.  When you are on the back nine at Spyglass, there is no water.  

The crowds are smaller, even those following the ‘stars’.  A hot dog is $7.50.  No thanks.

Where there used to be 15 photographers following Bill Murray and his comedic antics, Thursday there were only three of us. In fact, I noticed only seven photographers the whole day at Spyglass.

The galleries are still friendly and respectful of the players.  Television and movie personalities accommodate, for the most part, autographs during the rounds. I got the feeling though, everything was subdued.

I spent part of the day with Bill Murray.  He was funny as ever.  That part hasn’t changed.  To see a gallery of Murray photos, click here.

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Actor Bill Murray hams it up for spectators on Spyglass Hill during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Kent Porter / Press Democrat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Actor Bill Murray and pro partner Tim Herron convince a course marshal to move before Murray tees off on Spyglass Hill during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Kent Porter / Press Democrat