PEBBLE BEACH -- Five yards short last Sunday. Five strokes short this Sunday. But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh handled defeat in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am a whole lot better than he did a week ago in Super Bowl XLVII.
Soaking in the cheers and encouragement of fans all week, Harbaugh left Pebble Beach Golf Links with a big smile on his face after he and pro partner Jason Day tied for 13th at 26 under par, five strokes behind two teams that shared the pro-am title.
"Yeah, we were definitely in position to win and didn't get anything going," said Harbaugh, who hadn't picked up a golf club since last year's AT&T. "I didn't know if I was going to top the ball or hit like two inches behind the ball, or somewhere in between."
Harbaugh and Day were the pro-am leaders at the midway point but lagged a bit Saturday and couldn't make up ground Sunday. It didn't really matter. Four days of listening to encouragement from the galleries definitely left the coach in a better mood just seven days after his team's agonizing defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.
"Just the support out here from 49er fans, probably first and foremost, was the best part of the experience," Harbaugh said. "It was a real treat to play Pebble Beach, and to be in this tournament is a great honor. Everything is just A-plus-plus."
His best memory of the week?
"I had dinner (Saturday) night and sat across from Clint Eastwood," he said. "My
Day said Harbaugh was a model of decorum the entire week.
"I was standing on the first tee the first day thinking how intense he looks on TV while on the sidelines," Day said. "But I found out what a really, really deep-down good person he is. Off the football field, he's a fun-loving guy, and we just had a really good time this week."
Now it's back to the football grind for Harbaugh.
"We're thinking about the combine in less than two weeks in Indianapolis," he said. "We have 13 or 14 draft picks, and (general manager) Trent Baalke and all the scouts worked all week and through the weekend, so we'll join them Monday and get going on this draft."
"Uhhh, a lot of money," Verlander said. "There was nothing too creative out there. It either had something to do with the Giants or simply, 'You stink.' "
Verlander and pro partner Robert Garrigus finished 26 under, tied for 13th with the Day-Harbaugh tandem.
Tournament winner Brandt Snedeker also got a piece of the pro-am title with amateur partner Toby Wilt at 31 under. They tied pro Michael Letzig and amateur John Erickson.
Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, needed to make $76,336 to extend his medical exemption on the PGA Tour, but by finishing ninth at 11-under 275 and collecting $175,500, he will now be exempt for the rest of 2013.
"I played my first round of golf around Christmas," he said. "Everything felt OK, but the first couple of tournaments, I didn't hit a lot of balls. I just mainly played. This was the first week I was actually able to practice a little bit."
Mickelson, the defending champion and a four-time winner here, tied for 60th at 1-under 285.