The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf started life as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am way back in 1937, and today’s format sees some of the world’s best players and their celebrity partners battle it out over Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula over the first three-days, before the top-60 pros return to Pebble Beach for the fourth and final round.
The trio of courses are all short by modern standards at less than 7,000 yards but, as anyone who has witnessed any of the 6-majors that Pebble Beach has hosted, this is still a stern test of golf, especially if the wind blows.
Last year’s winner Vaughn Taylor was a bit of a fairy tale; however this is generally a horses-for courses kind of place, with Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Phil Mickelson all winning it twice in the last 10 years, and Mickelson winning it 4 times in all.
It’s no surprise to see Dustin Johnson heading the market at 8/1, as he’s also posted three top-5s to go with his two wins in 9 tournament-starts. He’s also been in decent nick recently, but the big question is whether the US Open Champion wants to put himself into the heat of the battle too often with more majors heading his wish-list.
The same applies to Jordan Spieth, who also seems to have realised that he can try and do too much in a season, and we may not see the best of him until nearer the US Masters, despite his consistency meaning he regularly features on the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, Jason Day is tinkering with a shorter-swing at the moment, and it’s likely that he’s again looking to fine-tune this before the first major of the season.
However, Justin Rose (16/1) looks to have started the season with his swing and fitness in perfect harmony with finishes of 2/4, and if he gets hot with the putter he’ll run away with a tournament soon. He was sixth here last year on his tournament debut – and it look significant that he arrives in much better form this year.
It’s also hard to overlook two previous winners in Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker, both of whom have been posting top-20 finishes regularly so far this season, and both could easily up their games this week for a tournament they thrive in.
Finally, young Aussie Cameron Smith has caught the eye more than once on these Links Courses, including when placed in the 2015 US Open, and he also finished 11th last season. Having lost several months of last season with a virus, he’ll be looking to capitalise at a place he’s already proved himself at.
2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tips
Justin Rose 1.5 Points Each-Way @ 16/1 (Ladbrokes, Betfair Sportsbook) ¼ odds 5 places
Phil Mickelson 1.5 Point Each-Way @ 20/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
Brandt Snedeker 1.5 Points Each-Way @ 20/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
Cameron Smith 0.5 Points Each-Way @ 100/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places