The story behind Saban/Cauley pairing at Pebble Beach

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Make no mistake about it. Former Alabama golfer Bud Cauley was “absolutely” nervous about teeing it up with his playing partner last week at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

At least that’s what his former college coach Jay Seawell said Monday. The two finished tied for 72nd and didn’t make the cut. But it was quite an experience for the 21-year old who played with Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban.

Cauley (AP photo)

Seawell told the story behind the pairing. Cauley, who left Alabama after his junior year last summer, is in his first full season on the PGA Tour. He’d already played four tournaments in a row and planned to take last weekend off.

But Seawell gave him a call about 10 days before the tournament with the news of Saban’s addition to the field. The PGA  and the tournament committee wanted a Cauley/Saban pairing.

Who could turn that down?

“He actually changed his entire PGA tour schedule to accommodate this last week,” Seawell said. “It was a pretty cool moment for me, and for the guys to see that out there.”

Senior golfer Hunter Hamrick said he texted back and forth with Cauley over the weekend. His former teammate “wouldn’t spill too much” about Saban, but he enjoyed the conversation between the other members of the playing group.

Saban and Cauley were matched with Ricky Barnes and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick — Saban’s former employer with the Cleveland Browns.

“He said it was just great to hear them kinda evaluating players and talking about players,” Hamerick said. “He said that was interesting hearing them chat about that.”

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