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Tournament Facts & Scheduling
The PGA Tour pulls into the beautiful seaside links that is Pebble Beach on the Californian coast for the AT&T sponsored National Pro-Am starting every February. This tournament was first played in 1937 and won by Sam Snead. AT&T are an excellent sponsor and back the tournament with a big prize fund, compared to other 'domestic PGA Tour events. However the difficulty of Pebble Beach intimidates even the world's best golfers so fields can often be disappointing when it comes to the elite players. The tournament is a full Pro-Am format as the professionals play 4 full rounds with their amateur partners across a 3 course rota schedule.
Course Rota Details
Host Course - Pebble Beach Golf Links
Designer: Neville and Grant 1919 with Connor and Nicklaus Re Design 1991/98 Course Type: Coastal Classical Par: 72 Length: 6,816 yards Water Hazards: 9 ocean holes Fairways: Perennial Rye Rough: Perennial Rye 2" Greens: 3,500 sq.ft average featuring Poa Annua grass Stimpmeter: 10ft Scoring Avg 2012: 71.85 Ranked 24 of 49 courses for difficulty on the 2012 PGA Tour. 2013: 71.41 Ranked 29 of 43 for difficulty.
Spyglass Hill GC
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Snr 1966 Course Type: Coastal Technical Par 72: Length: 6,953 yards Water Hazards: 4 Fairways: Perennial Rye with Poa Annua Rough: Perennial Rye with Poa Annua 2" Greens: 5,000 sq. ft average featuring Poa Annua grass Stimpmeter: 10ft Scoring Average 2012: 72.58 Ranked 18 of 49 courses for difficulty on the 2012 PGA Tour. 2013: 72.64 Ranked 17 of 43 for difficulty.
Monterey Peninsula CC - Shore Course
Designer: Baldock 1960 with Strantz Re Design 2003 Course Type: Coastal Par 70: Length: 6,838 yards Water Hazards: 1 Fairways: Bent with fescue Rough: Bent with fescue 2" Greens: 7,000 sq. ft average featuring Poa Annua grass Stimpmeter: 11ft Scoring Average 2012: 69.88 Ranked 23 of 49 courses for difficulty on the 2012 PGA Tour. 2013: 70.24 Ranked 21 of 43 for difficulty.
Previous Champions 2013: Brandt Snedeker; 2012: Phil Mickelson; 2011: D.A. Points; 2010: Dustin Johnson; 2009: Dustin Johnson; 2008: Steve Lowery; 2007: Phil Mickelson; 2006: Aaron Oberholser; 2005: Phil Mickelson; 2004: Vijay Singh; 2003: Davis Love III; 2002: Matt Gogel 2001: Davis Love III; 2000: Tiger Woods 2010 US Open: Graeme McDowell 2000 US Open: Tiger Woods
Winners Prices: 2013: Brandt Snedeker - 14/1 2012: Phil Mickelson - 25/1 2011: D.A. Points - 80/1 2010: Dustin Johnson - 22/1 2009: Dustin Johnson - 66/1
Pro-Am golf tournaments are a difficult watch. The play is slow with relatively easy pin positions which make for an absolute birdie fest where putting is the key feature. However the Pebble Beach National Pro Am features 3 difficult courses so scoring is far higher. Pebble Beach needs no introductions but Spyglass and Monterey Peninsula actually play harder than the US Open 2010 during this AT&T sponsored tournament. Don't be fooled! Adding to the quirkiness is the fact that Monterey plays as a Par 70 as opposed to Pebble Beach and Spyglass which play as Par 72s.
So what's the key? Hot form previous to the tournament is essential. Forget those making their seasonal debuts as these courses require match fit tournament sharpness. Previous experience of the course is non negotiable so leave all rookies well behind. Those with solid results on classical golf courses usually percolate to the top and it's worth remembering that all 3 courses again feature Poa Annua greens, so look for historic Torrey Pines and Shaughnessy putting performances. Putting from 5ft to 10ft is absolutely essential on these greens.
The markets will naturally feature the elite players but truth be told spotting some mid priced experienced players with great Each Way shouts could well be the best policy this week. Chris Kirk, Josh Teater, Charlie Wi, Ricky Barnes and Tom Gillis have all delivered recent Top 3 finishes with D.A. Points winning in 2011 at 80/1.
Below we track the results of Golf Betting System PGA Tour tipster Steve Bamford who has been producing weekly tips since 2009. Here how his AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am have fared in 2013: