AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach, California
February 8-11, 2018
The PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach, CA for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a star-studded field. Here is a look at the field, course, and odds.
Jordan Spieth leads the way as he returns to defend his title from a year ago. We saw a rare occurrence from the young star as he missed the cut last week in the Waste Management Open. Before that Spieth had a T3 finish in the Hero World Challenge, solo 9th in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, and a T18 finish in the Sony Open in Hawaii.
World number one and two-time champ, Dustin Johnson looks to dismiss Spieth’s hopes for a repeat. Johnson has had 7 top 10s in ten tries at Pebble. At times the Johnson looks like vintage Tiger in a way. We all know DJ is long off the tee but where he is really impressing is his putting.
Johnson is on an impressive streak. He currently ranks fourth on tour with 144 holes without a 3-putt. He also ranks 17th with 28.38 putts per round.
Jon Rahm who is in second place in the FedExCup rankings is also in the field this week. Since October, Rahm hasn’t missed a cut and has come in the top 15 three out of five tries. Rahm worked his way up to second in the world golf rankings and look to continue to be a dominant force week in and week out.
The field also includes the likes of always dangerous, Rory Mcllroy, making his first start in this tournament. Jason Day is back after winning at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago, and Phil Mickelson is playing in his 22nd start, trying to win for the fifth time at this tournament.
Other notables include 2013 Masters Champ, Adam Scott playing in his first event in 2018. Formers winners of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Brandt Snedeker, and Jimmy Walker will be teeing it up. Bubba Watson will also be in the field gearing up for another run at another Masters Championship.
The course is one of the best on the PGA Tour. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 6,816 yards and par 72. It is hard to compare to the beauty Augusta National displays each year, but Pebble Beach is a close second. Wrapped along the Carmel Bay, you’ll find beautiful views or the bay and a gorgeous course. Watch for the 7th hole, a short 106-yard par 3 with bunkers in the front of the green and water to the right and the back.
Dustin Johnson +600, John Rahm +1000, Rory McIlroy +1000, Jason Day +1000
Jordan Spieth +1100, Gary Woodland +2500, Paul Casey +2800, Phil Mickelson +2800
Matt Kuchar +3300, Pat Perez +3300, Brandt Snedeker +3300, Branden Grace +3300
Patrick Reed +3500, Patrick Cantlay +3500, Chesson Hadley +4500, Adam Scott +5000
Dustin Johnson +600 – The world number one unquestionably loves this course. He sits second in all-time earnings here with two wins and 7 top 10s. He already has a win this year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions where he shot a 65 in the final round to post -24. Johnson hasn’t missed a cut since the U.S. Open in June. You can’t go wrong picking DJ to be around on Sunday.
Jordan Spieth +1100 – He is coming off his first missed cut since the AT&T Byron Nelson in May of 2017. It is extremely rare for Spieth not to play on the weekends, and he usually bounces back with a good performance. Last year he missed back-to-back cuts but followed that up with a T2 at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.
As mentioned above Spieth is the defending champ and has a perfect lifetime record here going 5-5. He also hasn’t finished below T22 in this tournament. The putter will be back, and Spieth will find himself in contention on Sunday.
PARS FOR THE COURSE
Patrick Reed +3500 – 5-5 lifetime record here with a couple of top 10s. Missed a cut earlier this year but followed that up with two top 25s. Reed has been putting lights out as of late, and I look for that to continue. At +3500 Reed could offer a pretty decent payout.
Matt Kuchar +3500 – Hard not to cheer for one of the most likable players on Tour. But, the man also has game. Last week at TPC Scottsdale, Kuchar had a T5 finish and is one of the most consistent players on Tour. He has three top 10 finishes in a row. Kuchar has enough game to win at Pebble Beach.
Grayson Murray +15000 – He hasn’t missed a cut since August 2017 at the Wyndham Championship. In the past two tournaments, he has tied FOR T75 and T70. He has also shown that he can score well with a T22 and T14 this year. If Murray gets hot, watch out, he could make you some money.
Luke Donald +15000 – Wanting to take a chance then Donald is your man. Struggling a bit this season missing two cuts in a row, but could turn it around at Pebble Beach. In the past two years, Donald has tied for 26 and 23. Look for Donald to at least compete and possibly make a run on the weekend.
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Look for Jordan Spieth to turn things around and finish top 5 this weekend, but it’s hard not to go with Dustin Johnson to win. In his last win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, all 4 rounds were in the 60s, and he beat second-place John Rahm by 8 strokes. No bet is ever safe when it comes to golf, but DJ is as close to a lock as it gets at Pebble Beach.
[button type=”big” color=”green”] Pick: Dustin Johnson [/button]