The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a 72-Hole stroke play event held on three courses over the course of four days. From Thursday to Saturday players will rotate one round each at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula CC Shore Course. Simply put, three of the world’s most picturesque and in-demand courses from the professional level all the way down to the weekend hackers.
With the US Open returning to Pebble Beach in June, getting two rounds in here will provide valuable feedback for those unfamiliar with the course or who wish to see how the course plays in the wet conditions. Typically this event is spoiled with sunshine, but this week the forecast is calling for rain. This will make the courses play even longer, providing a benefit to both the bombers in the field and those who frequently stick their approach shots close to the pin. At 6,816 yards Pebble Beach is far from a long course on paper, but with elevation changes, drastic winds off the Monterey Peninsula, and several holes that require less than driver off the tee; it plays much longer than its listed length.
More on each of the courses can be found here
Key players in the field this week include: Patrick Cantlay, Hosung Choi, Jason Day, Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth
The full field can be found here:
Key Celebrities in the Pro-Am include: Larry Fitzgerald, Toby Keith, Aaron Rodgers, Ray Romano, Tony Romo, Darius Rucker, Matt Ryan, Kelly Slater – and many more
The Full Celebrity field and pairings can be found here:
Tee-times for the full field can be found here:
Last year Ted Potter Jr. emerged as a surprise winner, closing with 11 straight pars to best the likes of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson by three strokes. It was Potter’s second PGA Tour victory. Previous years have seen such winners as Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods. Winning scores typically come in between 14 and 20-under-par.
Handicapping the Field
With the course expected to play wet and long this week, along with the general traits spread over the three courses in rotation, I used the following stats to determine my “Stats Ranking:” SG: Total, SG: Approach, SG: Tee-to-Green, Driving Distance, Opportunities Gained, Proximity to Hole.
Other factors in my rankings include: Betting Odds, Recent SG, Recent Form, SG This Event, Recent Finishes in this event, and Simulator Rank (1000 field simulations done by FantasyNational.com)
Top-5 This Week
5 – Matt Kuchar
4 – Jason Kokrak
3 – Patrick Cantlay
2 – Chez Reavie
1 – Dustin Johnson
Players to avoid or fade this week
Si Woo Kim
Players with Value (Or for DFS)
TALOR GOOCH (12) v. MICHAEL THOMPSON (32)
KEVIN STREELMAN (58) v. RYAN PALMER (17)
TREY MULLINAX (9)v. PAT PEREZ (56)
RUSSELL KNOX (6) v. ANDREW PUTNAM (37)
My-5: Two winners, 15/25 picks finished in top-ten
My-5: 3rd, 7th, 10th, 10th, 20th
Rest of Data
Field Ranked 6th-20th
Field Ranked 20th– 86th