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Front Row At Pebble Beach

A lot of eyes will be on Pebble Beach this week as the 110th United States Open plays out on the California coast but few will have a better view of the action than Dean Ryan.

The RCGA Rules Chairman, Ottawa resident, and Flagstick Golf Magazine Columnist is working this week at the U.S. Open but it’s a job that is not hard to take.

As he has done for five other major championships and numerous other USGA, PGA Tour, and Canadian Tour events Ryan is a rules official this week.  As opposed to regular tour events, during a major championship each group is assigned a rules official and Dean already has his assignments for Thursday and Friday.

During round 1 he will be with the Group 11, which includes Aussies Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, and Robert Allenby.

On day 2 his assignment is a little less high profile.  Group 49 consists of Kent Jones, Craig Barlow, and Robert Gates.

Ryan passed on to us by email that Pebble Beach is in fantastic shape and as of Monday the greens were softer than he expected but he made the correct assumption that they would firm up quickly.

Ryan won’t know his weekend assignments until the cut is made but hopfully he does as well as he did at The Masters this past April.  He had a front row seat behind the 13th green as Phil Mickelson played his “shot of a lifetime” from out of the trees and on to the putting surface!

So keep a close eye on your televisions during the U.S. Open broadcast; you might just see a familiar face.