AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm Preview
February 16, 2020
What an impressive stretch of golf played by Webb Simpson! He has now moved inside the top-10 in the world since his U.S. Open win in 2012. What is even more impressive, he is the only golfer inside the top-1o to average less than 300 yards off the tee. It was another solid finish by Tony Finau and expect to see him in the winner’s circle soon. We will take our $25 Draft Kings winnings from last week and see if we can earn more at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm.
Mr. Monday Q Info can take the week off as this week there are no Monday qualifiers. We will see Phil Mickelson defend his title. Lefty had an impressive finish at the Saudi International and hopes to return inside the top-50 in the world.
What makes this event so unique and popular is that PGA Tour players will team up with an amateur partner and compete in a team event along with the individual event. We will see the celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Bill Murray competing alongside some of the best golfers in the world.
Similar to the American Express, players will play three rounds over three courses before a cut is made. Everyone knows about Pebble Beach, but Spyglass Hill and MPCC’s Shore Course are some amazing courses. Let’s look at each.
This week we will see three of the shortest courses played on the PGA Tour. The most talked about out of the three courses, Pebble Beach will again be the spotlight this week. The stretch from Hole 6-12 is some of the most talked about and photographed holes on the PGA Tour. Pebble has hosted this event since 1947 and has hosted multiple U.S. Opens including 2019’s which was won by Gary Woodland. Pebble is the shortest of all the PGA Tour courses but defends itself with some of the smallest greens on tour.
Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course was designed in 1960 by Robert Baldock and later redesigned by Mike Strantz in 2003. This 6,867 yard par-71 course is the only private course out of the three being played this week. It is the third shortest course on tour and players can go low there.
Spyglass Glass might be the most difficult of the three courses this week. The course rating from the Championship Tees is 75.5 which is one of the highest in the world. The 6,953 yard par-72 course doesn’t play long, but provides quite the test for even the pros.
Players to Watch
I feel like I am a broken record talking about Jordan Spieth but he will get at least three rounds to start figuring out his game. Word on the street is that he has changed up his grip to improve his ball striking with the idea he will be ready to go come Masters. I have always been a big fan of Jordan and will continue to cheer his on.
Dustin Johnson will return to this week’s event as the favorite alongside his father-in-law Wayne Gretzky. It is hard to bet against the two time winner of this event who finished solo 2nd last week at the Saudi International.
Phil Mickelson will look to win his 6th Pebble Beach ProAm and surpass Mark O’Meara in all time wins at this event. Similar to Dustin, Phil had a solid T-3 finish last week.
If you haven’t jumped on the Harry Higgs bandwagon yet check out this video below. He finished T-9 at the Farmers and T-25 at the Waste Management and looks to continue his solid play this week. I mean who can’t cheer for a guy that does this?
It will be another beautiful week on tour with no rain in the forecast. Winds will be up this week so don’t expect to low of scores. The past 5 winners have averaged 17-under par so I am thinking 18 under will be the winning score.
I really like Brandt Snedeker this week. The two time winner of this event may have missed the cut last week, but he had a T-3 at Farmer’s and a T-12 at the Sony Open. He is looking to win for the first time since the 2018 Wyndham Championship. Length is not an issue here so I expect his name to be high on the leaderboard on Sunday.
Draft Kings Lineup
For those that like to compete in daily fantasy sports I will be continuing to post my lineup. Each week I will compete in the PGA Tour Drive the Green. Last week would have won you $25. Here is this week’s lineup:
- Brandt Snedeker- $10,100
- Matthew Fitzpatrick- $9,700
- Kevin Kisner- $8,500
- Pat Perez- $7,500
- Harry Higgs- $7,200
- Harold Varner III- $7,000
Who do you think is going to win this week? Comment below with your picks and if you want to enter your own lineup on Draft Kings click here.