PEBBLE BEACH -- By most accounts, Notre Dame scored one of the top five football recruiting hauls in the country on Wednesday, which made coach Brian Kelly's rough day on the links Thursday go down just a little bit easier.
Kelly, playing in his first AT&T alongside New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, admitted to playing poorly but maintained he's still having fun.
"After today's round, I think my pro (James Driscoll) would like to see me make it back to South Bend," said Kelly, who is playing at a 13-handicap in the pro-am. "I'm trying to stay out of the way more than anything. If I'm really good at golf, it means I'm probably not doing as well on the football field, as I should."
Kelly has had a whirlwind week. He flew into Monterey on Sunday night and played practice rounds Monday and Tuesday. He flew back to South Bend, Ind., on Tuesday night, went through signing day on campus Wednesday, then flew back to Monterey on Wednesday night. He said he arrived at Pebble Beach at 4 a.m. Thursday, only hours in advance of his 8:44 a.m. tee time.
"If I don't have a built-in excuse for the round I had today, I don't think I'll ever get one," he said.
Kelly definitely perked up when he landed back in California and promptly received word that the Fighting Irish had received a commitment from five-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdos from Auburn, Calif., who had also been considering Alabama, USC, UCLA and Washington.
Kelly couldn't get away without answering the obligatory question about Manti Te'o, the Irish linebacker who was a victim of an elaborate Internet girlfriend hoax.
"He's like any other 21-year-old, they forget quick," Kelly said. "He worked through the process. I talked to him last week and he feels great about his future. Everybody learns from experiences. He's learned a lot, he's a great kid and he's going to do great things."
-- Giants pitcher Matt Cain said he didn't have any trepidation playing in the same foursome with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, even though Harbaugh was still fresh from Sunday's Super Bowl loss. Cain said it didn't hurt that both he and the coach played excellent golf.
Harbaugh was tied for third in the pro-am with pro partner Jason Day at 9-under par. Cain was 7-under with partner Matt Bettencourt and tied for 19th.
"We didn't do too bad," Cain said. "(Harbaugh) had a great time. It was great to see him out here. The 49ers had such a tremendous year. I think it was maybe therapeutic for him. The game was probably definitely on his mind, but that's part of life. He should be proud of everything he did this year."
Cain's highlight of the day was sinking a putt that measured at least 60 feet, 6 inches.
"I was going to say it was more like 90 feet, but we'll go with 60 if you want," Cain said.
Cain will head to Arizona (where he also lives) immediately after the tournament. The Giants' pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12, and Cain can't wait to get started. even though it was a short offseason.
"It has gone a little fast, but you want them to go by fast," he said. "I'm feeling really good, so I'm ready to go."
Nutt stepped down as CEO last year and was replaced by Steve John, but Nutt still serves the foundation in an advisory capacity. Nutt achieved his ace playing alongside his son, pro Bret Nutt, who shot an opening-round 74.
Rice's mishit knocked the woman to the ground and bloodied her face as she was attended to my medical personnel. Rice apologized to her personally and had an attendant get her phone number.
Rice, 58, became one of the first two females admitted as members of the Augusta National Golf Club last year.
"(Lee) played pretty well today," said the elder Westwood. "You can see where he got his swing, though, when you look at me. Copies everything that I do."