Later this morning, the 3M Celebrity Challenge will get going down at Pebble Beach. The Pebble Beach National Pro Am is an annual golf tournament often better known for the Wednesday Celebrity Pro Am that takes place. This year, the 49ers and San Francisco Giants took part in a Tuesday charity shootout that saw Jim Harbaugh, Alex Smith join 49ers legends like Jerry Rice and Dwight Clark in taking down Matt Cain, Will Clark, Mike Krukow and Dave Flemming.
What is most intriguing about today's Celebrity Challenge is that Alex Smith will actually be serving as Jim Harbaugh's caddy. Harbaugh will be partnered with professional Ryan Moore in a group that also includes Matt Cain and professional Matt Bettencourt.
After the 49ers-Giants shootout yesterday, Coach Harbaugh told the waiting media that Alex Smith was as high a priority as anybody on the 49ers roster. He made a similar comment at his end of season press conference so this is not some shock. Add in all this Pebble Beach stuff (apparently even car-pooling together down to Pebble Beach) and this is probably what would have happened last year between the two of them if there had not been a lockout. The 49ers control Smith's rights until the new league year gets going so they can have all the conversation they want.
It is entirely possible something goes haywire and Alex Smith ends up somewhere else. Of course, in my opinion that possibility is somewhere between slim and none, but anything is possible I suppose. Is there really any chance Alex Smith is not back with the 49ers in 2012?