The ever popular AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am is where the PGA Tour heads this week and a quality field will have to navigate 3 courses if they wish to take the title.
The Format and Courses
The event is played over 3 courses with the top 60 players and ties taking part in the final round on Sunday
Pebble Beach par 72 – short with wide fairways but tight greens and exposed to the elements
Spyglass Hill par 72 – tree lined and so offers some protection from the wind but can be a stern test
Monterey Peninsula par 70 – large greens and generally plays the easiest of the 3 courses
With Pebble Beach set to host the US Open the rough has been grown a bit so scoring might be higher than normal. The winner will quite likely be a player who is good at links golf and despite the Pro Am format, the cream often rises to the top although Ted Potter was a rank outsider when winning last year.
Dustin Johnson is a regular here and he is a 6/1 favourite with Jason Day quoted at 9/1 and the rest of the field at 22/1 and better.
2018 – Ted Potter -17
2017 – Jordan Spieth -19
2016 – Vaughn Taylor -17
2015 – Brandt Snedeker -22
2014 – Jimmy Walker -11
Dustin Johnson 6/1
Jason Day 9/1
Jordan Spieth 22/1
Tony Finau 25/1
Matt Kuchar 28/1
Tommy Fleetwood 28/1
Adam Scott 28/1
30/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change.
Dustin Johnson win only at 6/1
Johnson can be a streaky player and he was certainly in fine form winning last week. His course form is excellent with 4 top 5’s in the last 5 years and he also won here back in 2009 and 2010. I would be very surprised if he is not contending come Sunday.
Jason Day win only at 9/1
It probably seems a strange strategy to take the top 2 players but that is why I am going win only as I am really expecting one of them to deliver. Day like Johnson has excellent course form with 3 top 5’s in the last 4 years and he was top 5 in his penultimate start two weeks back.
Chez Reavie each way at 35/1
Reavie has been a picture of consistency and finished strong last week for 4th place, his second top 5 in 3 starts. Throw in the fact that he was a joint runner-up here last year and he must come into this week with a big chance.
Kevin Streelman each way at 125/1
It is time to throw in a rank outsider and I am going with Streelman who has a very strong record at this course and has finished in the top 20 the last 3 years with a top 6 last year. His recent form hasn’t been great but if he is going to bounce back it will be at a venue like this.
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