Toby Keith Sinks Impressive Pebble Beach Putt

February 25, 2020

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) As if being honored with the prestigious Arnie Award at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am wasn't enough, singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith also sank a nearly 40-foot-long putt on what has become his favorite hole at the fabled course. With the shot, he birdied on his third round at the 15th hole, where he made a similar shot last year. Paired with pro Steve Stricker, he followed the shot with a robust celebration, later calling the 15th his "lucky hole."  
In a full-circle moment for Keith, he and Stricker shared a tee time with Colt Ford and pro Jason Dufner. Not only did Ford and Keith play AT&T in previous years, Ford also opened Keith's 2015 tour and the two wrote "Back In The 405." The song is one of four new tracks on Keith's 2019 release Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years, which also includes the acclaimed "Don't Let The Old Man In."
That song was inspired by Clint Eastwood and is featured in his film The Mule. Engelbert Humperdinck has released a performance of "Don't Let The Old Man In" that was included on his 2019 EP Reflections. And Willie Nelson has recorded a cover of it for his upcoming album, First Rose of Spring, due April 24. Keith says, 'Through the years I've always enjoyed the many times I've gotten to share a guitar, a stage, or a song with Willie. It's truly an honor anytime he records one of my songs. 'Don't Let The Old Man In,' he killed it. Yeeeehaw."

And speaking of "405," Keith wore a hat sporting the Oklahoma City area code during the tournament. Full circle, indeed.


Next month, Keith circles around to the 20th anniversary of his song "How Do You Like Me Now?!" reaching No. 1 for the first of five consecutive weeks on March 18. In May, Keith celebrates the 20-year anniversary of the single release "Country Comes To Town," for which his 2020 tour is named (see dates below).
Those 20 years saw incredible milestones, chart success and awards. Billboard named him the Top Country Artist and Songwriter of the Decade in 2009. For the decade ending last year, he made Billboard's top 10 for radio airplay. And performances of his music on commercial radio stations worldwide crossed the 95 million threshold, keeping his place as BMI's Top Terrestrial Radio Country Songwriter of all time. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.
As for the Arnie Award, given annually by Golf Digest to golfers who give back, the honor is reflective of Keith's longtime commitment to helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma City. The 17th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic benefiting The Toby Keith Foundation and OK Kids Korral will be held later this year at his own Belmar Golf Course located, of course, in the 405.
Toby Keith's Country Comes To Town Tour:
(more dates announcing soon)
May 1               Hertz Arena                                          Estero, FL
May 2               Suwannee River Jam                            Live Oak, FL
June 4              Adirondack Bank Center                        Utica, NY
June 5              Summer Stage at Tag's                         Big Flats, NY
June 6              Northwell Health at Jones Beach          Wantagh NY
June 19            MetraPark Center                                  Billings, MT
June 20            Budweiser Events Center                      Loveland, CO
June 21            Country Jam Colorado                          Grand Junction, CO
June 25            Country USA                                         Oshkosh, WI
June 26            Heartland Stampede                             Topeka, KS
June 27            NebraskaLand Days                              North Platte, NE
July 10             Salinas Sports Complex                         Salinas, CA
July 11             Nugget Event Center                             Sparks, NV
July 16             LaPorte County Fair                              LaPorte, IN
July 18             Freedom Fest                                        Fort Polk, LA
July 23             Bismarck Event Center                          Bismarck, ND
July 24             Bell MTS Place                                      Winnipeg, MB
July 25             Country on the Bay                               Thunder Bay, ON
August 8           Ashley for the Arts                                 Arcadia, WI
August 9           Jackson County Fair                              Jackson, MI
August 16         Illinois State Fair                                   Springfield, IL
September 3     Allentown Fair                                       Allentown, PA
September 4     Bank of NH Pavilion                              Gilford, NH
September 5     Mohegan Sun                                       Uncasville, CT
September 6     Hard Rock                                            Atlantic City, NJ