The PGA Tour swings back to California on Friday (AEDT) as the 82nd annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tees off from one of golf’s most historic courses.
With a cool $7.6 million purse, the backdrop of the infamous sixth and seventh holes will play host to two-time champ Dustin Johnson and Aussie Jason Day. The last Australian to win this time-honoured event was Brett Ogle in 1993, while last year’s winner, Ted Potter Jr., enters at long odds to repeat success.
The unique format of this event sees 156 professionals playing in an individual tournament whilst partnered alongside an amateur (usually of celebrity status).
After a fascinating Phoenix Open last week, we’ve previewed all of the top hopefuls, so be sure to check out our complete 2019 Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview below.
Dustin Johnson – $6.00
The World No.3 makes his return to the course after finishing tied for fourth at the Sentry Tournament of Champions over a month ago. Johnson’s won this event twice before, finishing runner-up behind Potter in 2018 after failing to save par on No. 7. Johnson’s Sunday round of 72 marked his first par-or-worse result at this course in five years, making it hard to bet against a player with this much experience at Pebble Beach. He promises to be a fun watch alongside Wayne Gretzky and Jordan Spieth this week.
Jason Day – $9.00
Day also finished runner-up at this tournament last year after carding a brilliant Round 2 65 to finish -14 under. Australia’s top hopeful has quietly been playing some of his best golf recently, finishing inside the Top 25 in his last five tournaments. Day was equally impressive a fortnight ago at the Farmers Insurance Open where he shot an opening and closing round 67. Friday will mark his seventh-consecutive trip to Pebble Beach, with six top six finishes among them.
Jordan Spieth – $21.00
A win at Pebble Beach in 2017 marked the start of something pretty special for Spieth. He went on to claim the The Travelers Championship, The Open Championship, and The Presidents Cup, finishing as the World’s No.2 ranked player before enduring a pretty up-and-down 2018 season. Spieth finished tied for third at last year’s Masters, but more recently has struggled after failing to make the cut at the Sony Open. He finished tied for 35th at the Farmers Insurance Open a fortnight ago, and while a second victory at this event would see him join some elite company, you’d certainly like to see a bit more consistency from the tee.
Patrick Cantlay – $21.00
It’s been close to two years since Cantlay last won on Tour, and his most recent performances have looked a little shaky. The 26-year-old tied for ninth at the Desert Classic last month but failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance a week later. In his third-year as a pro Cantlay finished tied for ninth at this event back in 2013, but has since failed to finish inside the Top 30. The American will need to hope the two-week break has done him some good as he prepares for a challenging course.
Tommy Fleetwood – $21.00
Last year’s U.S Open runner-up makes his 2019 debut on Tour this weekend after finishing tied for seventh at the World Golf Championships back in October. It’s hardly the ideal course to kick off your season, especially given torrential rain has pelted Pebble Beach over the last day. On the other hand, it’s hard to knock this man’s form considering he was one of the standouts during last year’s Ryder Cup for team Europe. This same course will host this year’s U.S Open, so look for Fleetwood to make a strong impression during his Pebble Beach Pro-Am debut.
Tony Finau – $23.00
It’s hardly been an encouraging start to the season for the 29-year-old. Finau failed to make the cut at the Phoenix Open last week after shooting back-to-back rounds of 72. Given Finau is still looking to end his two-year winless drought, you probably can’t back him at this price, especially considering he finished a so-so 23rd as this tournament last year.
Chez Reavie – $26.00
The 14-year pro returns still searching for his second-ever win on Tour. Reavie came close in Phoenix last week finishing tied for fourth after carding a overall -12 under par. Even more encouraging was Reavie’s runner-up placing at Pebble Beach last year, but it’s also worth mentioning the American has seen a pretty mixed bag of results at this tournament. Reavie has failed to make the cut at Pebble Beach twice in the last five years.
Matt Kuchar – $26.00
The Sony Open champion looks to claim his second win of the year this weekend. Kuchar was right in the hunt at the Phoenix Open last week but carded a disappointing final round 75 to finish fourth. He has Pebble Beach experience on his side this weekend, but Kuchar’s most recent results aren’t anything to get excited about. He finished 62nd here last year and failed to make the cut in 2017.
Paul Casey – $26.00
It’s been a rough start for the World No. 24 failing to make the cut during last month’s Sony Open. Casey tied for eighth during his return to Pebble Beach last year after a 15-year absence from the tournament. It remains to be seen how the Englishman will handle the course this weekend, but he should at the very least be an interesting watch teeing off alongside Graeme McDowell on Friday.
Top 20 Finish
Adam Scott – $2.10
Day might hold a top spot in the market, but Adam Scott is officially back. His form of late has been something special, finishing second in the Farmers Insurance Open a fortnight ago carding a 7-under 65 on Day 3 to finish two-strokes shy of Justin Rose. Scott looks very comfortable with the iron in hand on short yardage situations, but his putting has been the biggest improvement. The 38-year-old has ditched the broomhandle and chosen to leave the flag in the hole this year. He returns to Pebble Beach still searching for his first win since 2016, and looks every chance of ending the drought.
Phil Mickelson – $2.10
You should be used to this by now, but Mickelson is again on the verge of history this weekend. With four Pebble Beach Pro-Am wins to his name (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012), lefty can join Mark O’Meara as the only other golfer to win this tournament on five occasions. The 48-year-old was far from his best in Phoenix last week, failing to make the cut after shooting an ugly second round 75. As we saw a fortnight prior in the Desert Classic, however, when Phil is familiar with a course, he’s every chance to finish inside the Top 10, or even runner-up.