Mickelson was dealt a blow by the 9th hole on Saturday, however, when he made a double bogey that began with a drive into the left fairway bunker and eventually featured him chipping from the edge of the beachside cliff righthanded with his clubhead turned upside down.
The 10th hole's close-up came when Andrew Putnam's club snagged in the left rough and his second shot sailed way right, down onto the beach. Putnam, who just finished his junior year at Pepperdine, had only 70 yards to the green, so he decided to play it. "I was already hanging right there on the cut line so I didn't have much to lose," Putnam says. Unfortunately, he went beach-to-beach, depositing his next shot in the back bunker, where it plugged. He made double bogey but did garner some TV time for playing off the beach. "It was a nightmare," says Putnam, who missed the cut.
At last, some recognition for the Cliffs of Doom. The official painting of the 2010 Open by famed artist Linda Hartough is a view of the 9th and 10th holes. She did number 8 for the 2000 Open. "I've wanted to paint this for a long time," says Hartough, who was autographing prints in the Pebble Beach Lodge last week. "This one sums up the whole feeling of being at Pebble Beach. It's the greatest view—the 9th and 10th holes, Carmel, the sea, the beach and the people on it. The scope of it is fabulous."
Photographer JoAnn Dost was at the Open too. An area resident, she has shot Pebble hundreds of times. "I never get tired of that view on number 8," says Dost. "You really get the feeling of what you're up against when you look down that precipice. That's one of the scariest shots in golf."
Her photographs of that hole are her biggest sellers, Dost says. Why? "Well," she says matter-of-factly, "water always sells."
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