Kevin Hall has memories of Pebble Beach from the last time he competed there in 2006. By no means does he know every inch, but he does appreciate the footsteps that came before him. In the days before he tees it up there again next month, Hall will do his homework. He’ll familiarize himself the best he can.
And he’ll relish the history.
“I am pretty excited to play such iconic courses, being able to walk the same fairways as the game’s greats,” Hall said. “I am especially looking forward to playing against the world’s best golfers.”
Hall, 38, will play next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on a sponsor exemption for the second time. At age 2, Hall lost his hearing because of H-flu meningitis, but began playing golf at age 9. He has communicated since using sign language, and answered Golfweek’s questions about his upcoming opportunity by email.
Next month’s Tour start won’t be totally unfamiliar ground for Hall, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native who played collegiately at Ohio State and won the individual title at the 2004 Big Ten Championship. In 2017, he played the Genesis Invitational at Riviera as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption. Since turning professional in 2005, Hall has competed on various mini-tours plus the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour.
Hall is a three-time winner on the emerging, diversity-focused APGA Tour, which has grown to 13 events with $350,000 in prize money over the past decade. He won the APGA Tour’s 2016 season-long Lexus Cup Point Standings Championship, and named the tour as being immensely important in his career.
“There are a lot of players on the APGA that can compete on the PGA Tour right now and I get to compete against them every single tournament,” he wrote. “Ken Bentley and the APGA Tour staff have done a fantastic job of putting together a string of solid golf courses and incentives for playing well. If you can play well on the APGA Tour on those courses, you can play at the highest level.”
For Kevin Hall, the silence of this year’s Masters is nothing out of the ordinary.
For everyone, the moments and magic of Augusta will remain extraordinary. pic.twitter.com/Zoyu911TDw
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 14, 2020
If you watched the Masters, then you know Hall.
He appeared in an introduction to the 2020 Masters broadcast on CBS, passionately signing his feelings about a Masters Tournament without patrons – one effectively without roars. It’s a feeling he knows.
“I have gotten a lot of positive reactions to it, most of all how people were able to see how deaf people experience golf in a different way,” Hall wrote of that appearance. “We wouldn’t be able to hear the familiar sounds of the Masters but we can feel it with our eyes and our hearts. That’s what I hope came across the screen when people saw the intro.”
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be the sixth PGA Tour start for Hall, who reports he is working on his rhythm and tempo, focusing on swinging within himself, hitting solid shots and also working hard on his short game.
“Kevin Hall is an inspiration and a talented player whom we are thrilled to welcome back to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am,” said Steve John Tournament Director and Monterey Peninsula Foundation CEO.
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