PGA Preview - Dustin Johnson & Jason Day Favored for Pebble Beach
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
It’s time for the annual event founded and made famous by legendary singer Bing Crosby. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am started as the Crosby in 1937 and originally named the Bing Crosby Pro-Armature but was commonly called the “Crosby Clambake” by players and fans. Historic figures from the game have won the event including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus all the way to Tiger Woods. Now Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are favored to top the 2019 leaderboard.
Johnson, +600, enters as one of the players in the field with multiple wins at Pebble Beach. The 34-year-old player from South Carolina went back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 and he is coming off a win on the European Tour last week at the 2019 Saudi International. He went -19 under at the event that saw the disqualification of Sergio Garcia after he threw temper-tantrums and caused damage to several greens. But that’s another story.
Day, at +900, is the closest player of favorites prior to round one play on Thursday. Day last played at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where he finished T5 with Jon Rahm. Both finished 14-under well behind Justin Rose who blanketed the field going 21-under for the win. Both Rahm and Rose are sitting out of Pebble Beach which opens the door for a host of players bunched together at +2000. Here’s a look at the remaining top-six players behind Johnson and Day according to Intertops.
With Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau, and Tommy Fleetwood bunched together at +2000 it’s safe to say that any of the four could make a run for the Pebble Beach championship which is played on three different courses in the Pebble Beach area. However, of the four, only Jordan Spieth has won Pebble Beach in the past. Spieth hoisted the trophy in 2017 going 19-under with a four-stroke win over Kelly Kraft who’s riding the bottom of the favored list at +27500.
Mickelson can still Master Pebble Beach
There seems to be a theme with Phil Mickelson over the last several tournaments. He’s playing great golf and is showing up high on the favored list the longer the 2019 season goes. The golfer known as “lefty” is coming into the event at +2500 with four Pebble Beach titles under his belt the latest in 2012. That’s one less than Mark O'Meara who has five wins but ties him with Sam Snead who also has four.
While Mickelson’s 2012 win may seem like a long time when it comes to the PGA Tour, you still need to factor in that he came close last year to win. He placed second last year in a four-way tie with Day, Johnson and Chez Reavie. He also finished in second place in 2016. Phil’s shown he can still win Pebble Beach and if he does so this year it will mark his 44th PGA Tour win. Speaking of Chez Reavie, he’s just behind Mickelson and Patrick Cantlay on the favored list.
Pebble Beach Famous Names for 2019
One of the things that make Pebble Beach such a fun event is its ties to its famous founder, Crosby, who used to gather some of the biggest names in show business for the event. This year’s crop of golfing stars includes actors, musicians, politicians, and pro-athletes from a variety of sports. Here’s the celebrity list – you’ll note that there are some serious golfers in the group.
• Tom Dreesen, actor and comedian • Larry Fitzgerald, NFL, and last year’s Pebble Beach celebrity winner. • Colt Ford, former pro player on the Web.com Tour and country music star. • Andy Garcia, actor, and former Pebble Beach amateur winner. • Chris Harrison, actor, TV host, pro-am regular • Toby Keith, country music star, owns a golf course, pro-am regular. • Thomas Keller, noted chef, host of Thomas Keller Golf Classic. • Greg Kinnear, actor, N0. 19 one of Hollywood’s top-100 golfers' list. • Huey Lewis, singer, actor, long-time golfer, pro-am regular. • Michael Peña, actor, picked up the game after filming My Fellow Americans with James Garner and Jack Lemon. Scored an ACE at Bob Hope Classic. • Pat Monahan, singer for Train, actor, songwriter, pro-am regular. • Chris O’Donnell, actor, formerly placed 2nd at Pebble Beach. • Jake Owen, singer, musician, Web.com event in Nashville. • Alfonso Ribeiro, Carlton from Fresh Prince, avid Golfer, host golf videos, pro-am regular. Credits long drive skills to play baseball in school. • Aaron Rodgers, NFL, avid golfer, pro-am regular. • Ray Romano, actor, avid golfer, noted for almost hitting Jordan Spieth with a ball. • Tony Romo, actor, avid golfer, Web.com, pro-am regular. • Joe Don Rooney, musician Rascal Flats, avid golfer, started golf apparel line with son. • Darius Rucker, musician, and singer, avid golfer, pro-am regular, Host of college tournament. • Matt Ryan, NLF, avid golfer, pro-am regular. • Kelly Slater, surf champion, musician, pro-am regular, played to a 3-handicap 2015 AT&T. Arnie Award recipient. • Larry the Cable Guy, comedian, actor, avid golfer, hosts Git-R-Done Tournament for charity. • Clay Walker, musician, and singer, avid golfer, Arnie Award recipient. • Adrian Young, rock drummer, and scratch golfer has played almost daily since being on the high-school golf team.
Pebble Beach Three Courses
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am takes place over three different golf courses. All three courses will host play during rounds 1-3 with the final round being played at Pebble Beach Gol Links.
Pebble Beach Golf Links: Founded in 1919 and was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the course hugs the rocky coastline showing amazing ocean views. The course makes full use of the cliffs, natural landscape and features open slopping greens. Par 72, Length 6,816 yards, rating 75.5, slope 145.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course: One of the toughest courses on Tour with a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 144. The PGA TOUR lists the courses 6, 8 and 16 holes as being among the toughest on the PGA Tour. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1966.
Specs: Par 72, Length 6,953 yards, rating 75.5, slope 144.
Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course: The Shore Course stands apart from the other two courses. The Shore course plays along coastal grasslands with sand dunes. The course was originally designed by Jack Neville with Bruce Harris redesigning the course in 1962. In 2003 the course underwent another redesign by Mike Strantz. It has open fairways with spotty use of trees over mostly gently rolling terrain. Bunkers protect the greens on almost every hole.
Specs: Par 71, Length 6,958 yards, rating 74.3, slope 133.
TV Coverage for AT&T Pebble Beach
• Live TV coverage: 3-6 p.m. on Golf Channel • Live stream online: 3-6 p.m. on fubo.TV and NBCSports.com • Radio: Noon-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
Round 3 -- Saturday
• Early TV coverage: 2-3:30 p.m. on Golf Channel • Live TV coverage: 4-7 p.m. on CBS • Live simulcast: 4-7 p.m. on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App • Radio: 1-7 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
Round 4 -- Sunday
• Early TV coverage: 1-2:45 p.m. on Golf Channel • Live TV coverage: 3-6:30 p.m. on CBS • Live simulcast: 3-6:30 p.m. on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App • Radio: 1-6:30 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
Featured groups and holes available on PGA Tour Live.
Remaining odds for AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
The event features 156 professionals and 156 amateur players. Here are the remaining odds for professional players through +30000.