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 bettingarticle 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
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.
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.
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