Primer: 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The PGA Tour moves from the desert of Arizona back to the coast of California for this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at the picture-perfect Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The long-running tournament, the sixth of the seven-event “West Coast Swing,” provides yet another opportunity for the players to rack up some early-season FedExCup (and Ryder Cup) points.

The field in Pebble Beach, California includes five of the top-10 ranked players in the world, including defending champion Jordan Spieth (No. 3).

In addition to Spieth, the 156-player field also includes superstars such as Dustin Johnson (No. 1), Jon Rahm (No. 2), and Rory McIroy (No. 8).


THE SKINNY

Tournament: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Dates: Feb. 8-11, 2018
Where: Pebble Beach, Calif.
Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host)
Distance: Par 72/6816 yards
Architect: Jack Neville and Douglas Grant
Format: 72-holes, stroke play, 36-hole cut
Purse: $7,200,000
Winning Share: $1,296,000
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth
Marquee Players: Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Jon Rahm, and Patrick Reed.


TV & ONLINE COVERAGE

All times EST.
THU 3-6 pm (GOLF)
FRI 3-6 pm (GOLF)
SAT 1-2:30 pm (GOLF), 3-6 pm (CBS)
SUN 1-2:30 pm (GOLF), 3-6 pm (CBS)

TWITTER @ATTProAm
INSTAGRAM @ATTProAm
FACEBOOK @ATTProAm
WEBSITE ATTPBGOLF.com


PEBBLE BEACHWEATHER REPORT

THU High 71°, Sunny
FRI High 68°, Sunny
SAT High 65°, Sunny
SUN High 65°, Sunny


HISTORY

Like last week’s PGA Tour stop, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am began in the 1930s.

Hosted by Bing Crosby, which led to the tournament nickname “The Crosby Clambake,” the inaugural 1937 tournament was just an 18-hole event. But as the years progressed, and its popularity increased, more rounds were added, and within 20 years it was a full 72-hole tournament.

Sam Snead won the inaugural tournament (1937), and over the years it’s boasted such champions as Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus (3 times), Tom Watson (twice), Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson (4 times).

The only man with more Pebble Beach Pro-Am titles than Snead and Mickelson’s four is two-time major champion Mark O’Meara, who owns five.

The course is also famous for being the site of Tiger Woods’ 15 stroke obliteration of the field at the 2000 U.S. Open, one of the six times a major championship was hosted by Pebble Beach.

Since 1947, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am has been played among three courses. Those courses have changed a few times over the years, but currently the other two courses, along with Pebble Beach Golf Links, are Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.


TOURNAMENT SPONSORS/NAMES

2016-18 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
1986-15 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
1953-85 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
1937-52 Bing Crosby Pro-Am


RECENT CHAMPIONS

2017: Jordan Spieth
2016: Vaughn Taylor
2015: Brandt Snedeker
2014: Jimmy Walker
2013: Brandt Snedeker
2012: Phil Mickelson
2011: D. A. Points


RECORDS

WINS

5 Mark O’Meara (1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997)

BACK TO BACK WINNERS

1955-56 Cary Middlecoff
1972-73 Jack Nicklaus
1977-78 Tom Watson
1989-90 Mark O’Meara
2009-10 Dustin Johnson

LOW TOURNAMENT SCORE

265 (−22) Brandt Snedeker (2015)

LOW ROUND

Pebble Beach: 62 (Tom Kite, David Duval)
Spyglass Hill: 62 (Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald)
Monterey Peninsula: 60 (Sung Kang)


DEFENDING CHAMPION

After Jordan Spieth posted matching 65s in the two middle rounds, he carried a six-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round, and refused to give up an inch.

With two birdies and 16 pars, Spieth posted a 2-under 70, and signed for a four-day score of 19 under to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes over Kelly Kraft.

FINAL TOP 5

1: Jordan Spieth -19
2: Kelly Kraft -15
3: Dustin Johnson -14
4: Brandt Snedeker -13
5: Jon Rahm -12
5: Gary Woodland -12
5: Jason Day -12


THE FIELD

The field this week in Pebble Beach, California is headlined by five of the top-10 ranked players in the world, including defending champion Spieth (No. 3).

Other top-10 ranked players include Dustin Johnson (No. 1), Jon Rahm (No. 2), Rory McIlroy (8), and Jason Day (10).

In addition to Spieth, the field at Pebble Beach also includes former winners in Brandt Snedeker (2013, 2015), Jimmy Walker (2014), and Phil Mickelson (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012).

Other top-ranked players include Paul Casey (No. 17), Matt Kuchar (No. 18), Pat Perez (No. 19), Rafa Cabrera Bello (No. 21), Patrick Reed (No. 24), Kevin Chappell (No. 34), and Patrick Cantlay (No. 38).

Major winners Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, and Ernie Els are some of the other familiar names.


Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images


Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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