All eyes are on the breathtaking Monterey Peninsula for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. We caught up with Pebble PGA Head Professional Chuck Dunbar, who has had quite a hectic schedule over the last 12 months.
During the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Dunbar was also busy planning the U.S. Open in June, which was won by Graeme McDowell.
PGA.com: Thanks so much for joining us again, Chuck. I suppose there's never a dull moment when you're the PGA Head Professional at Pebble Beach, but can you give us some insight into what the last 12 months have been like for you with, among other things, a U.S. Open?
Dunbar: A whirlwind is probably the best descriptor. In 2010, not only did we host the U.S. Open, but the AT&T, The First Tee Open, and the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, which is another one of our big events. All of these events were spread out over nine months, but it seemed as though we had one event in the rear-view mirror and one on the horizon coming up, one right after the other. Never a dull moment here at Pebble Beach!
PGA.com: Dustin Johnson, who contended until the final round of the U.S. Open, is trying for a three-peat this week. What do you think it will be like for Dustin to return to Pebble after what transpired in the U.S. Open, a final-round 82?
Dunbar: Dustin will be just fine! I think that he will draw off his two AT&T victories to live in the positive as opposed to the negative of just one bad round in the U.S. Open. His game is well suited to the Pebble Beach courses.
PGA.com: What's the weather going to be like this week? I know it's often hit or miss this time of year on the Monterey Peninsula and I know it's mostly been hitting these last few years, which is always nice.
Dunbar: Chamber of Commerce type weather. It will be terrific all week. The best thing is that in the weeks leading up to the tournament we have had great weather so that the golf course set up for the tournament has been a breeze. Additionally, all infrastructure set up has gone exceptionally well.
PGA.com: Can you talk a little about the strength of the field this week? I see it's loaded with major champions.
Dunbar: Naturally with Dubai in the same week you can't get everybody but Pebble brings out a strong field every year. Furyk, Singh, Love, Leonard, Mickelson, Harrington, Immelman, Daly, Duval, Janzen, Weir, Elkington, Brooks. That's a sizeable list of major winners. Not to mention a number of other players who are knocking on the door and have the potential to win this year.
PGA.com: Final question, Chuck. Can you put into perspective what Sunday will entail for you work-wise? Are you able to take in and enjoy the tournament with most of the heavy lifting already done? Or, are you still really busy?
Dunbar: Personally, it is mostly preparation. Once we get to Thursday morning I wouldn't say it is exactly easy street, but most of the heavy lifting has been done. By Sunday, I'll bring my wife and kids out and we might just get to enjoy the tournament as a family.