The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is one of the most recognisable events on tour. Daily Fantasy Focus previews this week’s event.
There are few tournaments on the PGA Tour with as much historical cache as the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A tour mainstay since 1937, it’s been home to some of the most exciting finishes in golf. From Tiger Woods epic comeback in 2000 to Vaughn Taylor’s narrow victory last year, this event almost never disapoints.
As usual the pro-am will be played over three courses the first three days, before reverting to Pebble Beach on Sunday. The site of many US Opens, Pebble is one of the most iconic courses in America. The 18th remains one of the most breathtaking finishes in golf.
The course is one of the shortest on tour and with the normally penal rough cut back for amateurs it plays relatively benign unless the wind blows. When that happens it can quickly morph from Bruce Banner into the Hulk.
Monteray is similar in nature to Pebble, but a much easier proposition and the course players look to take advantage of. Daily players will be looking to stack their teams with those playing here.
Slightly inland we have Spyglass Hill, which poses a different test to the other tracks. It’s probably the hardest course on a calm day, with narrow tree lined fairways appearing as the course gradually morphs from links to parkland after the first five holes.
Players To Watch
Phil Mickelson ($20.6m): Local hero Phil has owned this tournament over the years. The California native has won four times at Pebble Beach and was within a whisker of a fifth victory last year.
Brandt Snedeker ($20.2m): Snedeker has two wins in the last four stagings of this tournament. This event has always been horses for courses and the Sned is like Frankel at this venue. He’s also in good form, with several recent top tens to his name.
Sean O’Hair ($16.6m): O’Hair has made eight consecutive cuts at this event and has enjoyed a decent start to the year. He’s rarely a threat to win, but seems a solid player for the middle of your line up.
Jonas Blixt ($11.3m): Has been solid but unspectacular so far this year. Contended all week at this event in 2016 before settling for 3rd on Sunday.
Sung Kang ($6.8m): A complete long shot, but he impressed last week at Phoenix. Only a pair of double bogeys in round 3 prevented him from finishing higher than 12th