Imrie reflects on 'spectacular' week with Condoleezza Rice

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As you may have seen on the bunkered website late last week, Kathryn Imrie has been caddying for ex-US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The former LPGA Tour player gave us her day one diary from Rice's practice round and has now updated us with her overview from the tournament, reflecting on a 'spectacular' five days, which you can enjoy below.


Anyone watching the coverage of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will know how lucky I have been to be here this week.

The Monterey Peninsula, where Pebble Beach is hiding, is beautiful on any given day, but when warm, sunny skies drench the courses, it's spectacular.

Talking about spectacular, Condi had some very memorable moments this week. Top of the list was her birdie, net eagle, on the third hole at Pebble Beach on Friday. A close second was her approach shot to the very difficult par-5 14th on Spyglass Hill.

We played Spy on Thursday and Condi got off to a steady start before nailing her wedge (over water, off a downhill lie) to a tight right pin location. Most of the TV cameras hang out at Pebble, but there was one at the 14th on Thursday to capture this shot.

As I am figuring out with Condi, it seems like the harder the shot, the more she focuses and pulls it off!

Another spectacular moment came on the 13th at Pebble. After a good drive, she was left with a shot playing 125 yards. Many people ask me how long Condi hits it. I have to say that when she hits it flush, it's long compared with other female club players.

With that said, she hit an 8-iron to 15 feet below the pin. Her second natural birdie of the round was denied by gravity! The putt looked in from the minute it left the putter but somehow it came up one revolution short. Still, the easy par, net birdie helped her partner and the team.

However, if Condi is to make it to the final day in the future, it looks like she will need to have many net eagles to keep up with the super low scoring it takes to make the 54-hole amateur cut.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Round Three

The two professionals playing in our group were also pretty spectacular. Their scores may not reflect this statement but I can only say good things about Jason Bohn and Tom Lehman.

The PGA Tour slogan says 'these guys are good’. And they are. It will come as no surprise to know the only reason they did not make the cut was due to a sub-standard short game.

Jason Bohn only birdied one par-5 over 54 holes and Tom Lehman admitted to losing his confidence with the flat stick. He painfully missed several short putts in the first two rounds and is probably wishing he could have the long putter back in the bag to help with his confidence.

After a nice rest day today and a quick journey back up the road to Palo Alto, it's back to work for Condi and I tomorrow. The good stuff was much improved from last year and we'll keep working away at the areas that need more consistency - alignment, tempo and angle of attack into the ball.

It's Presidents Day here in the States tomorrow, and I have heard her allude to the fact that running the country may be easier than hitting the wee white ball!

Every year I am always sad to leave Pebble and get back to reality but I also reflect on how lucky I have been to be walking alongside someone like Condi for the last five days. Now that's what I call spectacular!

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