For the second time in three weeks, the PGA Tour will play host to a Pro-Am event held across a three-course rotation. After an exciting Saturday finish at the Farmer’s Insurance Open, where Max Homa emerged victorious over Sam Ryder, we now head North to Monterrey Peninsula for the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am. While the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links is the undeniable star of the show, the three-course rotation is rounded out by Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club, both beautiful courses that hug the Pacific Ocean. Players will take their turn at each of the three courses across Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before those who make the cut will play their final round at Pebble Beach. The 156-player field is headlined by Tom Hoge, who returns to defend his title. He will be joined by 2017 champion Jordan Spieth, 2018 U.S. Amateur champion at Pebble Beach, Viktor Hovland, and reigning U.S. Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick.
AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Course Preview
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, and Monterrey Peninsula Country Club
While most think of Pebble Beach as a demanding host of countless memorable U.S. Opens, it is set up far differently this week to account for the amateur portion of the field. The iconic Jack Neville and Douglas Grant design will play as a par 72, measuring just 6,972 yards on the scorecard. Spyglass Hill typically plays as the most challenging of the three courses this week. The Robert Trent Jones designs are routed along the Pacific coast for the front nine before weaving through the forest for the second nine. Monterrey Peninsula Country Club typically provides the most benign test of the three, yielding a historic driving accuracy and greens in regulation percentage both north of 70%. The formula is straightforward for all three courses, as they all feature generous landing areas off the tee. The lack of pushback off the tee places a far greater emphasis on approach, and with all three courses playing as some of the shortest on Tour, wedge play is essential this week. It is not a coincidence that Tom Hoge, who entered last year as the best player in the field from under 150 yards, emerged victorious.
AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am Key Stats
- Proximity 100-150 yards
- Opportunities Gained
- Poa Putting & Putting Inside 15 feet
AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am Predictions:
Erik Van Rooyen (+8100) (Odds available on Bet365)
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