Preview – PGA Tour — AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – Pebble Beach Golf Links (host) – Pebble Beach, California –
This week’s PGA Tour event – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – features a three-course rotation with scenic Pacific Ocean views and a mix of professional and celebrity amateur golfers.
The event boasts a field of 156, which will be cut to low 60 professionals and ties after 54 holes. Pebble hosts the final round. Standard tournaments cut to low 70, but the pro-am schedule changes up the format.
The host course is Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72, 6,816 yards), but players also navigate Spyglass Hill Golf Club (72/6,833) and Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club (72/6,900). Pebble is the shortest course on the PGA Tour, but it also has the smallest greens.
Four of the Top 8 players in the world are competing.
This week’s field features Jordan Spieth, No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Phil Mickelson (a four-time champion at Pebble since 1998), and Dustin Johnson, who has two victories here.
International players featured include World No. 3 Jason Day, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry and David Lingmerth.
- Brandt Snedeker (22-under) carded just one bogey all week and rallied to beat Nick Watney out for the title – his second in three years at this event. Charlie Beljan was third at 18-under. Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Pat Perez were T-4. Spieth and J.B. Holmes logged Top 10s.
Look for long hitters to fare well again this week with all three courses playing less than 7,000. Golf Channel has television coverage all week with CBS Sports closing out the end of the weekend coverage.
FANTASY: With his history at this venue, Dustin Johnson is a must play this week with victories in 2009 and 2010. He was also runner-up in 2014. Walker is a nice selection with his three Top 10s at Pebble including a victory in 2014. Take Jason Dufner, who won three weeks ago in Southern California. Aaron Baddeley trends well at this event from a fantasy standpoint. Lowry trends well heading into Pebble coming off a Top 10 at TPC Scottsdale.
BETTORS: Spieth, at 4-to-1 odds, is the top betting pick at William Hill, while Day is 8-1. For a proven winner at this venue, take DJ (12-1). He is due for a victory. Take a flier on J.B. Holmes, who was T-6 last weekend. He was a runner-up here in 2010 and logged a 64 in round one in 2014. Holmes is a 28-1 selection. For a long shot payoff, take Perez at 150-1 odds.
Other Golf News:
- The Champions Tour tees it in the Chubb Classic this week.
- Nick Watney, a multi-time PGA Tour champion and runner-up last year at Pebble, comes into the week as a 100-1 long shot to win at Pebble.
- The LPGA Tour is idle this week. The tour hosts the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open next week. Lydia Ko serves as defending champion.
- The European Tour hosts the Tshwane Open in South Africa this week headlined by former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and defending champion George Coetzee.
- Mickelson enters the week at 29th in the Official World Golf Ranking. he needs a solid showing to stay inside the Top 30. Phil usually plays well on the West Coast Swing.