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Pebble’s Permanent Resident

There will be no shortage of airtime this weekend for the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. The par 3 with the hourglass-shaped green is best known for hosting two of golf’s most iconic shots. During the final round of the 1972 U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus hit a 1-iron that bounced off the flagstick en route to capturing the third of his four U.S. Opens. A decade later Tom Watson’s famous chip-in from the left rough cemented his only U.S. Open victory. What you may not know is the 17th green is also the final resting place of astronaut Alan Shepard, the only human to hit golf balls on the moon. One of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, Shepard was an avid golfer who owned a home in Pebble Beach. He loved the course so much that he requested his ashes be spread from a U.S. Navy helicopter over the famed green. Shortly after his death on July 21st, 1998, that wish was granted.

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