February 08, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The way D.A. Points saw it, the decision was essentially a no-brainer.
Yes, he had been disqualified for in advertantly using a practice aid on the 18th tee in violation of Rule 14-3. But Points did have the option of playing Spyglass on Saturday with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, his partner in the pro-am.
The team was tied for 125th as the third round began -- well outside the 25 and ties who would advance to play the final round. But Points, who won the individual and team titles in 2011, looked at the big picture.
"It's not every day that you get to play 18 holes at Spyglass, let alone 18 holes at Spyglass with Secretary Rice," Points said. "She's such a sweet, just warm- hearted woman and she loves golf and she's wanting to get better.
"I signed up to play at the (AT&T) Pebble Beach (National) Pro-Am. it's not just about me and the golf tournament, it's about playing with our amateurs and making sure they have a good time.
"And who knows, if we could have come out today and lit the scoreboard up, lit the place on fire, maybe she would have got to see tomorrow. And my intent was to come out and help her have a good time and give her an opportunity to keep playing."
Rice, for her part, appreciated Point's decision even though the two ended up shooting 77 in the damp, blustery conditions and finished 148th.
"It meant an enormous amount to me," she said. "He didn't have to do that. And I, more than anybody, know what it's like to be on the road a lot and perhaps get to go home early, but he's a wonderful, wonderful person.
"It speaks really well for him and for the TOUR that he came out and played anyway."