Actor Andy Garcia helped pro partner Paul Stankowski by 32 shots to break the team record in the AT+T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Sporting an 18-handicap, Garcia broke 80 at both Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills. Former USGA handicap whiz Dean Knuth estimates the odds of Garcia’s feat at 10,000 to 1.
Addendum: GolfDigest.com February 2008 p202 GD: What AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am team holds the record for the lowest 72-hole winning score in tournament history? (A: Garcia and Paul Stankowski were 43 under par in 1997 with scores of 62-58-67-58.)
AG: I think it’s me and Stankowski. I played the best golf I’ve ever played in those four rounds [getting 18 strokes] but Paul also played well. [T-11]. For such a gentlemanly sport, the one crack in the veneer of the game is that anybody who wins anything in golf with a handicap always gets questioned. Doesn’t matter what your handicap is a 12, 20, 6 or 2, you’re gonna hear about it. And we did. We didn’t make the cut again until last year. Editor: Justifies a 10,000 to 1 shot as any and every sandbagger does.