PGA Preview: 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Picks, Odds and Info

It time for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which brings out a ton of celebrities, such as Bill Murray, to hit the links with PGA Tour Pros. The event is held across three different courses across the Pebble Beach, California metro area.

 


AT&T PEBBLE PEACH PRO-AM HIGHLIGHTS – BILL MURRAY, ANDY GARCIA, MORE


 

The three course factor can play havoc when looking at stats for a player on a single course but the good news is that oddsmakers are pros at such things.

I hit on another couple of Top 10 finishers last week, with Justin Thomas finishing T3 and Jon Rahm T9. See my PGA betting article for the 2020 Waste Management Open.

They're probably looking past the celebrity star power and focusing on basic player stats regardless of multiple courses. Statistics, such as Greens in Regulation, are relevant no matter where one is teeing up.

That being the case, the favorite heading into the opening round is Dustin Johnson who is making his first full-field appearance this year.


AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Basic Info

Where:        Three courses in Pebble Beach, California: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula CC, Shore Course

Par:            72 - Pebble Beach
                   72 - Spyglass Hill
                   71 - Monterey

Length:            6,913 - Pebble Beach
                         6,858 - Spyglass Hill
                         6,958 - Monterey

When:             February 6-9, 2020

Purse:             $7.8 million

Last Winner:    Phil Mickelson

TV Coverage: CBS/Golf Channel


Like I previously said, this even can be tough to handicap, but here’s who I like this weekend.

Patrick Cantlay +1000

Patrick Cantlay comes in behind favorite Dustin Johnson at +1000 with an opportunity to add a third win to his PGA Tour resume.

Cantlay has moved up to No. 8 on the OWGR list and has already carded a second-place and fourth-place finish this year and was on the winning team at the Presidents Cup.

He’s currently ranked No. 1 in knocking down eagles, No. 4 in Birdies, and No. 2 in Greens in Regulation. Those are hard numbers to argue against.


Brandt Snedeker +2000

Brandt Snedeker is a two-time winner at Pebble Beach and seems to have a great feel for massaging his style of play to fit the three courses involved over one weekend.

Snedeker comes in at +2000, slightly down the favorites list but still in the top-ten. So far this season, Snedeker has carded two top-ten finishes but did miss the cut last week at the Phoenix Open, which has not been one of his best events despite a lone second-place run in 2013.

Pebble Beach is a place where Snedeker tends to bounce back.


BEST ODDS WHEN BETTING THE PGA


Dustin Johnson +650

Dustin Johnson should be my favorite this week as he is the highest-ranked golfer in the field and No. 5 on the OWGR list. He has played well at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am over the years with two wins, going back-to-back in 2009 2010, and two-second place finishes.

He’s coming off a T2 at the Saudi Invitational last week and showing that he’s still playing an amazingly high level of golf.

The only downside is that this will be his first full-field PGA Tour event this season, so it will be interesting to see if he’s knocked the winter dust off and fully recovered from last year’s knee surgery.


EVERY HOLE AT PEBBLE BEACH


Long Shot: Phil Mickelson +2200

Yes, it’s strange to list the defending Champion and five-time winner of Pebble Beach as being the long shot. However, Mickelson has struggled with consistency since winning this event a year ago having missed ten cuts last season.

Lefty is ranked 200th in driving accuracy and drivers are a huge part of Pebble Beach.

If I could list two long shots here I would… in fact, I am. Don’t be surprised if Graeme McDowell (+3300) follows up his European Tour win last week with a Pebble Beach victory. After all, he held off Dustin Johnson for the win.


Others I like to Win:

Matt Kuchar                         +2200

Graeme McDowell             +3300

Cameron Champ             +3500


Complete Odds for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Dustin Johnson            +550

Patrick Cantlay            +1000

Paul Casey                        +1600

Jason Day                        +1800

Brandt Snedeker            +2000

Matt Kuchar                        +2200

Phil Mickelson                        +2200

Matthew Fitzpatrick            +2200

Branden Grace            +2500

Viktor Hovland                        +3000

Graeme McDowell            +3300

Jordan Spieth                        +3500

Cameron Champ            +3500

Daniel Berger                        +4000

Kevin Kisner                        +4000

Alex Noren                        +4000

Russell Knox                        +4500

Rafael Cabrera Bello            +5000

Max Homa                        +5000

Adam Hadwin                        +5500

Tom Hoge                        +6000

Jim Furyk                        +6000

Chez Reavie                        +6000

Kevin Na                        +6600

Vaughn Taylor                        +6600

Scott Piercy                        +6600

Lucas Glover                        +6600

Kurt Kitayama                        +6600

J.B. Holmes                        +7500

Pat Perez                        +7500

Scott Stallings                        +7500

Patrick Rodgers            +7500

Nate Lashley                        +8000

Kevin Streelman            +8000

Sung Kang                        +8000

Nick Watney                        +10000

Harry Higgs                        +10000

Adam Long                        +10000

Cameron Davis            +10000

Charley Hoffman            +10000

Andrew Landry            +10000

Lanto Griffin                        +10000

Maverick McNealy            +10000

Aaron Wise                        +10000

Jimmy Walker                        +12500

Joel Dahmen                        +12500

Beau Hossler                        +12500

Xinjun Zhang                        +12500

Nick Taylor                        +12500

Chesson Hadley            +12500

Mark Hubbard                        +12500

Matt Jones                        +12500

Keith Mitchell                        +12500

Matthew Nesmith            +15000

Henrik Norlander            +15000

Wyndham Clark            +15000

Harold Varner III            +15000

Cameron Tringale            +15000

Doc Redman                        +15000

Zac Blair                        +15000

Brandon Wu                        +15000

Ted Potter                        +17500

Kevin Chappell            +17500

Brian Stuard                        +17500

Kiradech Aphibarnrat            +17500

Charl Schwartzel            +17500

Michael Thompson            +17500

James Hahn                        +17500

Brian Gay                        +17500

Brandon Hagy                        +17500

Aaron Baddeley            +20000

Jason Dufner                        +20000

Sebastian Cappelen            +20000

Tyler Duncan                        +20000

Adam Schenk                        +20000

Sean O'Hair                        +20000

JJ Spaun                        +20000

Brice Garnett                        +20000

Stewart Cink                        +20000

D J Trahan                        +20000

Bill Haas                        +20000

Peter Uihlein                        +25000

Ryan Armour                        +25000

David Hearn                        +25000

Hank Lebioda                        +25000

Tim Wilkinson                        +25000

Si-Woo Kim                        +25000

Mark Anderson            +25000

Troy Merritt                        +25000

Bo Hoag                        +25000

Tyler McCumber            +25000

Richy Werenski            +25000

Josh Teater                        +25000

Chris Kirk                        +25000

Steve Stricker                        +25000

Austin Cook                        +25000

Chase Seiffert                        +25000

Chris Stroud                        +25000

Luke Donald                        +25000

Matt Every                        +25000

Ben Martin                        +25000

Joseph Bramlett            +25000

Rob Oppenheim            +25000

Kramer Hickok            +30000

Ryan Brehm                        +30000

Doug Ghim                        +30000

Fabian Gomez            +30000

Anirban Lahiri                        +30000

Peter Malnati                        +30000

Robert Streb                        +30000

Padraig Harrington            +30000

Wes Roach                        +35000

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