The unique Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach begins Friday.

The tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course includes 81 Champions Tour players, 81 juniors and 162 amateurs.

The juniors represent 54 chapters of The First Tee and were selected by a national panel of judges that evaluated participants' playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and education learned through their involvement with The First Tee program.

The young golfers are asked to write and file essays, answer an extensive series of questions about their personal lives and their golf.

"It was worth it," Chase Pursifu, 16, told pgatour.com. "Every bit of it. I'm nervous, but I'm excited."

LPGA Tour: The tour will open its season in January for the first time in 13 years, beginning with the Bahamas Classic on Jan. 23-26. The inaugural Bahamas event was played in late May this year. The flood-plagued tournament was reduced to three 12-hole rounds. "After a challenging inaugural year, we are excited to be back at the Ocean Club," said Jeff Raedle, president of tournament manager Global Golf Management.

European Tour: Golf Channel has a new 10-year deal with the European Tour to show all of its tournaments through 2024. The contract renewal was announced before the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, popular with an American audience because it is held at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarn and patterned after the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The first tour event shown on Golf Channel was the Dubai Desert Classic in 1995 won by Fred Couples.

Etc.: Paul Lawrie is disappointed that eight of his European Ryder Cup teammates snubbed next week's Seve Trophy in France. Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter won't be playing for Britain & Ireland, and Sergio Garcia and Peter Hansen declined places in the Continental Europe team. The Seve Trophy is named after Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011 from cancer complications. Lawrie says, "Most of us are out there playing because of what Seve did years ago."

  • Gary Player's lawyer says the nine-time major winner settled a dispute with a former friend over a $1 million transaction that took place in 1999. Lawyer Rael Gootkin says Player and Dave King came to an out-of-court agreement. King argued it was a loan, while Player contended it wasn't.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.