PEBBLE BEACH -- Clint Eastwood made the day of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am executive Steve John on Wednesday night. He may have saved his life in the process.
The 83-year-old actor/director performed the Heimlich maneuver on the tournament director at a volunteer dinner, the Carmel Pine Cone initially reported Thursday.
"A piece of cheese went in my mouth, and suddenly I couldn't breathe," John told the newspaper. "It was as bad as it could have been. But Clint came up behind me and he knew exactly what to do. He did the Heimlich maneuver and he lifted me right off the ground."
Eastwood, the former mayor of Carmel and a part owner of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, had only practiced the Heimlich in the past.
"I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out," Eastwood said. "The look on Steve's face was different than when somebody is just coughing or joking around. I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their very eyes. It looked bad."
John, 50, is a longtime area businessman and golf enthusiast who was named CEO of the Monterey Golf Foundation in 2011. Among his myriad duties, he oversees the PGA Tour event that's taking place this week in Pebble Beach.
As part of the ownership group, Eastwood helped select John to his current post. Now John is even more indebted to him.
"Clint saved my life," John said. "He's strong. The cheese popped out, and I was fine."
"It was really pretty pleasant most of the day," Manning said. "It only got bad for the last couple of holes when it started raining. It's hard to beat being out here. It's one of the Lord's great creations. It's a pretty enjoyable 18 holes."
This year, though, with Murray filming a movie, Points is teamed with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"Playing with Condoleezza is fine," Points said. "She's very speedy, she's very knowledgeable, she's never in the way. She's just trying to play her best."
Points got off to a good start Thursday with a 5-under 67 at Spyglass Hill but shot 3-over 75 at Pebble Beach on Friday and then was disqualified from the tournament for using a practice device while waiting to make a shot on the 18th hole. He can still play Saturday but only as part of the pro-am portion of the event.
"Completely different day today," Loupe said. "Pebble played very tough. A lot of wind. A lot of people are struggling. But overall, I'm really proud of the way I battled over the last couple of hours."
Loupe said he caught the worst of the weather on first six holes, generally the best for scoring when things are calmer.
"It really started humming on 3," he said. "(No.) 4 was brutal. (No.) 6 is a beast right now. And I hit 7-iron on (No.) 7 and it's 100 yards."
Lacob has some well known competition also at 13 under with their pros -- former hockey great Wayne Gretzky, ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush and country singer Clay Walker.
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