The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be played without the pro-am element this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The professional element of the tournament, featuring 156 players, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The tournament will be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill, but Monterey Peninsula Country Club will not be used.
Following the standard cut to 65 and ties, the third and final rounds will be played on Pebble Beach Golf Links. Since the tournament moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1947, the final round action has always been played on the famous holes of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The tournament plans to return to the traditional pro-am format, played over three courses, in 2022.
Pebble Beach Golf Links, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, hugs the rugged coastline on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. It has hosted six US Opens and a PGA Championship.
The Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea was entrusted to a pair of amateur golfers with no design experience. The course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and opened in February 1919. The objective was to place as many of the holes as possible along the rocky and beautiful coast line. This was accomplished using a “figure 8” layout.
The course was extensively revised in 1928 by H. Chandler Egan. Other architects who have worked on the course include Alistair MacKenzie and Robert Hunter (1927) and Jack Nicklaus (creation of the new fifth hole, 1998).
Pebble Beach Golf Links has being selected #1 America’s Greatest Public Course by Golf Digest for 13 consecutive years. Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $525 per round in 2018.
Pebble Beach is a Par 72 that can extend to just over 7,000 yards from the championship tees. It is one of the shortest courses on the PGA Tour and with generous fairways it is not a tough test off the tee. The layout’s main defense is its small poa annua greens.
Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in March 1966. Since 1967, it has been in the rotation of the multi-course AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It is a Par-72 layout that measures 6,960 yards from the championship tees. The first five holes all have views of the Pacific Ocean and the other thirteen wind through the Del Monte Forest.
The course record of 62 (–10) was set by Phil Mickelson in 2005 and equaled by Luke Donald the next year. Both were carded on the Thursday of the AT&T Pro Am under calm conditions.
Players drawn to play at Spyglass Hill on a windy day can often translate this into a scoring advantage. Going low at Spyglass can often be key to victory.
2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
Last year, Nick Taylor went wire-to-wire to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am for only his second victory on Tour. The 31-year went toe-to-toe with Phil Mickelson on a blustery final round. He started Sunday with a one shot advantage and a -2 (70) was good enough to finish 4 strokes clear of Kevin Streelman with Big Phil and further shot back.
“That was amazing up and down day. I knew I could do it because I’ve done it before. But to do it today against Phil at Pebble, amazing.”Nick Taylor
The Canadian’s putter was central to his success. He finished 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting for the two rounds played on Pebble Beach. This translated to nearly a six-stroke gain on the field average. He also finished T13 for both Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green and Strokes Gained Around-The-Green. Other stats for the week include T7 for Driving Accuracy, 39th for Driving Distance, T3 for GIR and 2nd for Putts per GIR.
2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
In 2019, Phil Mickelson carded a final round -7 (65) to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am for the fifth time. The tournament needed a Monday finish as the final two holes couldn’t be played on the Sunday due to darkness. Lefty finished on a total -19 (268) to finish 3 strokes ahead of Paul Casey. It was Phil’s 44th victory on Tour taking his earnings past the $90M mark.
“It’s a lot more work and effort to play at this level, I have believed for some time that if I play at my best, it will be good enough to win tournaments here. The challenge is getting myself to play my best”Phil Mickelson
Phil’s iron play on approach is what laid the foundation for victory. He finished first in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green category gaining nearly 7 strokes on the field average for the two rounds at Pebble. Other stats for the week include T48 for Driving Accuracy, 25th in Driving Distance, T8 for GIR and 20th in Strokes Gained Putting.
2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
In the 2018 edition of the tournament, Ted Potter Jr. carded a final round -3(69) to finish on -17 and win by three shots from four players which included Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. Potter Jr.’s play tee-to-green laid the foundation for his victory. He gained almost 5 strokes on the field average in the SGT2G category for his two rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“I’m so happy right now to get it done today, especially against the world No. 1. The win here at Pebble is just unbelievable. It’s beautiful.”Ted Potter Jr.
He finished the week T13 for Driving Accuracy, 67th in Driving Distance, T9 for GIR and 4th in Putts per GIR.
2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
In 2017, 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.
“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.”Jordan Spieth
His iron play on approach 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.
2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
The 2016 champion, 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 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
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
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Tips
Daniel Berger 18/1 (E/W) – sticking with the Florida native again this week. Has two previous visits to the AT&T Pro Am finishing T10 in 2015 and T5 last season. In last year’s tournament he finished the week 12th in SGT2G for the two rounds played at Pebble Beach. Prior to the MC at the WMPO he had four Top 25’s from six starts including a T7 in the Sony Open. Solid all-round game puts him inside the Top 15 in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 21st on Tour for SG:Putting and 6th for Birdie Average. Willing to overlook last week’s hiccup based on other key considerations. Has the right blend of skill set, ability to play in windy conditions and maturity to make it win number four on Tour this week.
Peter Malnati 80/1 (E/W) – a regular at the AT&T Pro Am he finished T11 in last year’s edition of the tournament. Has five Top 25 finishes from 10 starts this season including a T10 in his last outing at the Farmers Insurance Open. It is the 33 year old’s stats that put him firmly on this week’s radar. He features 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis which is testament to where his game is currently. He is also 8th on Tour for Birdie Average and 4th in SG:Putting. The fact that this week is forgiving from the tee will suit the Indiana native and allow him to play to his strengths greenside. Hard to ignore at juicy each way odds.
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