AT&T Pebble Beach betting tips & predictions – this week the PGA Tour stays on the California coastline for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A field of 156 professionals (and 156 amateurs) will play a rotation of Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
One professional is paired with one amateur. Everyone will play each course once before a 54-hole cut of the low 60 professionals and ties who advance to play the final round at Pebble Beach. The Top 25 amateur teams will also advance to play for the pro-am title.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is a Par 72. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, it hugs the rugged coastline on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. It has hosted five US Opens and a PGA Championship.
At 6,816 yards, it is the shortest course on the PGA Tour and with generous fairways it is not a tough test off the tee. The layout’s main defence is its small poa annua greens.
Spyglass Hill Golf Club was first introduced into the rotation in 1967 and can stretch to 6,953 yards. It is the longest of the three layouts but still one of the shortest Par 72s on Tour. Spyglass differs from the other two venues in that it’s largely tree-lined. Players drawn to play here on a windy day can often translate this into a scoring advantage. Going low at Spyglass is often key to victory.
Completing the line-up is Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course. It is a Par 70 measuring 6,838 yards making it the second shortest course on the PGA Tour. Monterey is usually the most scorable of the three courses. The greens are slightly bigger than those at Spyglass and twice the size of the ones at Pebble Beach.
Last year, Jordan Spieth held the 54-hole lead with 6 strokes to spare over the field. He closed with a -2 (70) for a four shot victory over Kelly Kraft. Spieth had this to say after;
“This is a bucket-list place to win — here, Augusta National, St. Andrews, there’s only a few in the world. It feels really special. It was amazing walking up the 18th green knowing that we were going to win. It’s just such a unique position. I tried to soak in.”
His iron play and flat-stick were key to capturing his 9th PGA Tour victory. He gained almost 7 shots on the field average over the two rounds played at Pebble from his approach play and putting. He finished the week T14 in Driving Accuracy, T26 for Driving Distance, 3rd in GIR and 4th in Strokes Gained Putting.
In 2016, Vaughan Taylor closed with a final round 65 (-7) to capture his first title in over 10 years. Four straight birdies on the back nine and a 5-foot birdie miss my Michelson on the last to force a playoff was enough for Taylor to get the job done. He finished the week 40th for Driving Distance, T38 in Driving Accuracy, 1st for GIR and 3rd in Putts per GIR. He also finished 1st for Birdies shooting 25 in total.
2015 saw Brandt Snedeker win by three strokes from Nick Watney shooting a score of -22(265). His stats off the tee were mediocre at best, 48th in Driving Distance and T38 in Driving Accuracy. ‘Greenside’ is where he impressed, T3 for Greens in Regulation, 8th for Strokes Gained Putting and 1st for Scrambling. In his two rounds played at Pebble Beach he gained a 3.2 strokes on the field average from his short game and putting.
If a player is to contend at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am they will need to be patient, aggressive with their approach play and drain plenty putts. With tournaments like this it is wise to approach with caution and keep your bets small.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Betting Tips 2018