Horses for Courses: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
February 05, 2019
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview
Since 1947 the world of professional golf has meshed with the captains of industry, entertainment and sport at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The tradition continues in the centennial year of the host course before the U.S. Open arrives in June.
This is the final multi-course event of the season as Spyglass Hill Golf Club and Monterrey Peninsula Country Club will help host the field of 156 professionals and their amateur partners over the first three rounds.
On the line this week is a purse of $7.6 million with the winner pocketing $1.368 million and 500 FedExCup points.
With a win this year Phil Mickelson will join the "Prince of Pebble" Mark O'Meara with five titles. The lefty picked up his last winner's check in 2012 but has finished T2 in both 2018 and 2016. His 10 top-10 finishes are the most in the field.
2018 Ted Potter, Jr. (MC, T16 and MC): All he had to do to take home the big trophy was beat Dustin Johnson heads-up in the final group on Sunday. He did just that and by three comfortable shots. Notable: Potter signed for 61 in Round 3 at MPCC and had a career-best 24 birdies for the week.
2017 Jordan Spieth (T7 2015 and T4 2014): In less than perfect conditions, Spieth torched Spyglass Hill for 65 in Round 2 and followed that with 65 on Pebble Beach in Round 3 and led by six. He only squared four bogeys on the week on just one at Pebble Beach. Notable: His worst payday in six starts is T22. His T4 in 2014 included a 78.
2016 Vaughn Taylor (T10 2015; seven of 11 cuts made): Beginning the final round six shots adrift of Mickelson, his brilliant 65, including an inward 31, stole the show and the trophy.
Notable: As with the last four winners from 2018 to 2015, Taylor followed suit by finishing first or second in Par-4 scoring (T2).
Key stat leaders
Golfers inside the top 25-ish in each statistic on the 2017-18 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.
* - Finished inside the top 10 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 2010.
1 *Dustin Johnson
6 *Jordan Spieth
11 *Kevin Streelman (6th last year)
11 *Jason Day
11 Tony Finau (second appearance)
17 Joel Dahmen
18 *Chez Reavie
20 Matt Kuchar
23 Tommy Fleetwood (first appearance)
24 Johnson Wagner
24 *Hunter Mahan
Putting: Birdie-or-Better Conversion Percentage
1 *Dustin Johnson
2 *Phil Mickelson
4 *Jason Day
8 *Grayson Murray
9 Tommy Fleetwood
11 Brandon Harkins
15 Sam Saunders
18 Tony Finau
19 Ryan Palmer
22 *Brian Gay
26 *Jordan Spieth
2 Johnson Wagner
6 Alex Cejka
9 Matt Kuchar
11 Joel Dahmen
13 *Brian Gay
16 Ben Crane
18 *Patrick Reed
21 *Jim Furyk
23 *Dustin Johnson
25 *Jason Day
27 *Chez Reavie
Levels of Confidence
We’ve selected a few players below that should be fairly confident going into this week.
Guest List Annuals
Dustin Johnson won the weather-shortened event in 2009 defended his title the following year to join Mark O'Meara (1989-90) as the most recent to do so. Of his eight top-10 finishes in 10 weekends, five are on the podium and the worst is T7. ... Brandt Snedeker also has two titles here and holds the tournament record of 22-under in 2015. Since his first win in 2013 he's cashed in four of five including solo fourth in 2017. ... Jason Day qualifies as my "Rickie Fowler" selection this week. He's never MC in nine tries but hasn't grabbed the trophy yet; T6 or better in four of his last six. ... Chez Reavie, T2 last year in his ninth visit, brings the heat again this year after T4 at WMPO.
2014 champ Jimmy Walker has bagged four other top-10 paychecks in his last eight starts including T8 last year. ... Patrick Reed broke a streak of five of T29 or better with MC last year. ... Pat Perez has only missed twice in 16 tries at Pebble Beach. ... J.B. Holmes is 10 from 12 with six top-25 finishes including a pair inside the top 10. ... Nick Watney pushed to solo second in 2015, one of his 11 paychecks from 15 starts. ... Patrick Cantlay cashed T9 as an amateur here in 2013 and hasn't missed the last two seasons in his other two trips.
Jim Furyk (18 of 20) posted his last top 10 in 2015 (T7). ... Chesson Hadley chased T10 in 2014 with another in 2015 and has only missed once in four trips. ... Graeme McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open here and added T7 in 2014. ... Matt Jones (9 of 11) has picked up five in the top 25 and a pair of those have gone for top-10 cash also.
Odds and Ends
Old and in the Way: Over the last four seasons just Daniel Berger (T10, 2015) and Mackenzie Hughes (T10, 2017) are the only rookies to crack the top 10. With all three courses playing under 7,000 yards it opens up the field, as shown above, to the experienced guy who doesn't need to hit it 330 yards to compete.