AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
If there is any tournament that is going to make you wish you had become a professional golfer, it is the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Not only do participants get to test their skill on three of the most beautiful courses in existence— but they get to play with celebrities.
How cool would it be to hang out on a golf course all day with Tony Romo, Bill Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Larry Fitzgerald, Toby Keith, or Chris O’Donnell? But for daily fantasy purposes, our concerns are not so much what celebrity our favorite golfers are playing with.
How about a little information about the courses and weather?
The tournament is played on three courses:
- Pebble Beach Golf Links: 6,816 yards, par-72
- Spyglass Hill Golf Course: 6,953, par-72
- Monterey Peninsula Country Club: 6,958, par-71
Everyone plays all three courses with the cut coming after Day Three. The players that make it play Pebble Beach on the final day. The weather is expected to be pretty nice; a little cool maybe, but otherwise sunny and clear.
Temperatures are going to range from the high 40’s and low 50’s at the coolest and reach up as high as the low 70s. There is a slight chance of rain on Friday (10 percent), but none is expected on the other three days. Winds are expected to reach upwards of 14 MPH on Saturday. But otherwise, they are going to be around 6-8 MPH.
Like every other tournament, you have to give the previous winner some serious consideration. It doesn’t hurt that the last winner, Jordan Spieth, happens to be the No. 3 golfer in the world. He went wire to wire last year and went bogey-free over the last 28 holes. With a six-shot lead heading into Sunday, he was able to coast to a four-shot win.
He didn’t make the cut in Phoenix last week and has been playing—eh, okay, at best. He finished tied or 18th at the Sony Open (11-under) and ninth at the Tournament of Champions (12-under). Oddsmakers are giving him 11/1 odds to win.
If he doesn’t, it would not be shocking if it was Dustin Johnson that took home the trophy instead. The current No. 1 golfer in the world has only played in two events this season (with one back in late October). But he has done well when he has played. He took first at the Tournament of Champions in early January and tied for second at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
Oddsmakers have made him the favorite to win at 11/2
Other players to consider include:
- Jon Rahm: It only makes sense that the No. 2 golfer in the world has pretty goods to win (9/1). He had a rough outing at the Farmers Insurance Open a couple of weeks ago (2-under). But won the CareerBuilder Challenge and placed second at the Tournament of Champions in January. So, it is safe to say he’s swinging the clubs well these days.
- Jason Day: The No. 10 golfer in the world has decent odds at 10/1 and is playing well right now. His last time out, at the Farmers Insurance Open, he took first (10-under). He had a solid history at the Pro-Am with a fifth-place finish (tied) last year, 11th the year before, and a win back in 2015.
- Gary Woodward: He won the Phoenix Open last week (18-under) so you know he’s playing well right now. Last year, he played well and finished tied for fifth. But his previous finish wasn’t so good. He failed to make the cut back in 2011. Oddsmakers have him at 22/1 odds.
- Kevin Chappell: At 50/1, his chances of winning do not look great. When you consider he finished tied for 31st in Phoenix last week, his odds don’t look any better. But in the last seven rounds, he’s played, he’s shot 69 or under in six of them. The worry with him is that in each of his last two tournaments he’s had one day that killed his score. He was able to make up for it at the CareerBuilder and finish tied for sixth; not so much last week.
- Buyer Beware: Phil Mickelson— Yes, he has played very well at the Pro-Am in the past (three time winner; last time in 2012). He did finish in second two years ago. While he did finish fifth in Phoenix, but has otherwise not played great in recent weeks.
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