AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Betting Preview – Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill & Monterey Peninsula at 20:00 live on Sky Sports 4
The PGA Tour makes its annual visit to Pebble Beach this week for the 69th consecutive year. As you’d expect with $7,000,000 up for grabs, a very strong field has assembled itself for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The world number one, Jordan Spieth is the overwhelming favourite as you may expect and he’s followed in the betting by the world number three, Jason Day. Defending champion, Brandt Snedeker comes into this week off the back of a victory in the Farmers Insurance Open a couple of weeks ago and he’s also amongst the frontrunners.
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The field will rotate over three courses for the opening three rounds of this event, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula. The cut will then be made and the players will return to Pebble Beach to play their final round. I’m sure most of you will have heard of Pebble Beach, it’s hosted numerous major championships, but is relatively short at 6,828 yards. Despite this, driving distance is advantageous around these three tracks and notably some pretty wild drivers of the ball have done well in this event. Finally, par 5 performance has proved to be crucial in this event, largely because all three courses feature four par 5’s.
Will Wilcox – He may have an unorthodox swing, but Will Wilcox is a very talented player. He impressed on the PGA Tour last year recording four top 10 finishes in just 17 starts and this includes a runners up finish in the Barbasol Championship. Wilcox has made a slow start to the season missing his opening two cuts, but finished in 6th position last week despite shooting a second round score of 73. This indicates his games in good shape ahead of this event and last year the American was notably fourth after two rounds which suggests it’s a tournament he can perform well in.
James Hahn – James Hahn switched club manufacturing during the off season and he appears to have gotten the hang of them. Hahn who recorded his first victory on the PGA Tour last year was leading the Phoenix Open at the half way stage last week which suggests he’s playing some good golf at present. In 2013, James Hahn tied for 3rd in this event and finished in 29th position last year, therefore he’s proved he can perform well around the three courses in use this week.
Andrew Loupe – I must admit I didn’t think Andrew Loupe was good enough for the PGA Tour last year however he’s proved me wrong. This season he’s already recorded three top 10’s including a third place finish in the Career Builder Challenge. Loupe hits the ball a mile, he’s one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour and actually led this event after round 1 in 2014, courtesy of an excellent 63 around the Monterey Peninsula Course. All in all, after a superb start to 2016, Loupe is well worth a chance in the top 10 market at 16/1.
Prices correct at the time of writing.