James Raia, East Bay Times

James Raia

East Bay Times

Sacramento, CA, United States

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Past articles by James:

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Silverman team to win Pro-Am title

“Josh Allen was telling me there’s going to be an asterisk by this win because there was only three rounds,” said Rodgers. “But I think that our names are going to be up there fo… → Read More

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Blown off course, pros will return to finish

The third round is now scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Sunday. Amateurs are not required to return for their third rounds. The fourth round, with a professional field increased from 60 to 65 top score… → Read More

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Play suspended Saturday afternoon because of high winds

PEBBLE BEACH — The third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach was suspended early Saturday afternoon because of excessive wind. It may be resumed later in the afternoon. According to PGA Tour officia… → Read More

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Stacked leaderboard going into weekend

Kitayama, a two-time European Tour winner who began play one shot off the lead, is 9 under par. He trailed first-round leader Hank Lebioda, who opened with a 63 on the par 71 Shore Course at Monter… → Read More

AT&T Pro-Am notebook: Caddie collapses at Pebble Beach

Caddying still has its characters but its practice is now often conducted as a business, including at Pebble Beach and on other Monterey Peninsula courses. → Read More

AT&T Pro-Am notebook: Spieth a prime player in new documentary

Jordan Spieth plays a prominent role as the film’s makers get access to players’ personal lives — family to friends to rivals. → Read More

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Hoge the latest on a list of first-time champs

Steve Jones (1988), Bret Ogle (1993), Matt Gogel (2002), Arron Oberholser (2006), D.A. Points (2011) and Tom Hoge (last year) won for the first time after Cook’s triumph. → Read More

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Jake Owen and Jordan Spieth, ‘a great friendship’

“I just noticed, not only was he (Spieth) an incredible player, he carried himself like this gentleman,” said Owen. “But there was still this side to him, yeah, he was still a kid.&#822… → Read More

Bill Murray will return for this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Bill Murray, the resident gentle jester, actor-comedian and accomplished amateur golfer, will continue his long tenure at this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. → Read More

Classic Car Week: Record auction sales recorded

Auctions held throughout the Monterey Peninsula generated a record $496 million in sales represented by 782 vehicles. → Read More

Pebble Beach to host U.S. Open four times in next 22 years

The men’s event, which has already been announced for 2027 at Pebble Beach, will also be held on the iconic layout in 2032, 2037 and 2044. → Read More

E-bikes all the rage at Sea Otter Classic

LAGUNA SECA — Once the disdain of bicycling purists, e-bikes have arrived at full speed in a sport of nearly always fluctuating trends. Add a pandemic, supply chain woes and expensive gas into the … → Read More

Sea Otter Classic is back and with a rebuilt dual-slalom

Kyle Strait knows the sport’s ways as well as anyone as a long-time competitor and architect. With a few colleagues, hand tools and two machines, he recently rebuilt the course at Laguna Seca… → Read More

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Unheralded, but winless no more, Tom Hoge takes title

“It feels pretty good, almost a little bit in shock,” Hoge said. “I guess it’s been so long since I’ve won anything, I forgot how to celebrate there at 18.” → Read More

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Unheralded golfers atop leaderboard

“It’s hard to be in a bad mood out here,” said tournament leader Tom Hoge. “I mean, Pebble Beach and perfect weather are about as good as it gets. So it was a lot of fun.&#8… → Read More

AT&T Pro-Am: The champ is back and so are his clubs

“I am here for (two) reasons,” said Berger. “I wanted to play Pebble Beach. I am the defending champion and I wanted to defend it. Regardless, this is the tournament I like on my … → Read More

Remembering a pioneer: Lee Elder was a regular in Pebble Beach

Lee Elder played in more than 850 PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events, including 17 years at the former Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. → Read More

Sea Otter Classic: Women’s pro cycling gets back in action

With the return of the Sea Otter Classic this week after a 2 1/2-year absence, many pro road racers are attending the event for the first time or back after a long hiatus. → Read More

IndyCar Series: Colton Herta successfully defends title at Laguna Seca

Colton Herta’s season of crashes and other motorsports misfortunes reversed itself Sunday with a dominating performance at Laguna Seca as smooth as well-performing tires. → Read More

IndyCar Series to return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next year

A few hours before the conclusion of the Firestone Monterey Grand Prix, raceway officials and the IndyCar Series Sunday announced the event will return and stay for a while. → Read More