The PGA Tour returns to the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The starting field consists of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs. Every professional is paired with an amateur. During the first three days, 156 teams of two played on three courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club) with one round each in a Better Ball format. The pros also count in an individual stroke play format. On Sunday the low 60 professionals and the low 25 Pro-Am teams play a final round in Pebble Beach.
Two-time event champion Dustin Johnson returns after second place at Saudi International last week, leading the field 6/1 (William Hill). Johnson finished seventh or better in eight of twelve appearances, including two victories (2009, 10) and two runners-up (2014, 18). With such a short price, it's hard to bet. Maybe the jet lag from the Middle East will get him off to a slow start. Bettors can get better value on him with ongoing bets.
Patrick Cantlay, currently number 8 in the world, follows at 10/1 as the second choice because he and Johnson are the only two top 10 players in this field. Paul Casey (18/1) has been in the top 10 in the past two years, including second place last year.
Worth a bet
Brandt Snedeker (20/1): Snedeker won this event in 2013 and ’15 and finished fourth in 2017. At the US Open 2010, he also finished eighth. Pebble Beach is usually closely related to Torrey Pines in San Diego, and Snedeker finished third there two weeks ago, winning at Torrey Pines in 2012 and 16.
Viktor Hovland (30/1): He is one of the short favorites to win Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour this season. The 22-year-old has already achieved great success in Pebble Beach. In 2018 he won the US amateur here. Last year he finished 12th at the US Open and became the low amateur.
Jordan Spieth (35/1): Spieth is a former winner here three years ago. Obviously he wasn't in the best shape since he dropped to 55th place in the world. Returning to a course where he previously had success could be exactly what the doctor ordered, and at that price, he's worth a stab.
Cameron Champ (35/1): Champ has already won at a West Coast event on Poa Annua greens after winning the Safeway Open in Napa Valley last fall.
Max Homa (50/1): Homa is in good times – sixth last week in Scottsdale and ninth week earlier in Torrey Pines. He finished 10th at this event last year.
Kevin Na (65/1): A big prize for a player who is in 6th place in the world rankings (28th place).
Jimmy Walker (125/1): Walker is a former winner here in 2014. In his last nine appearances, he also has five top 10 finishes here.