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Best bets for PGA's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

February 1, 2022 09:51 PM
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​Luke List, in his 206th PGA Tour start, earned his first tour win in a playoff over Will Zalatoris last weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Zalatoris (18-1 this week at Pebble Beach), led the field for Strokes Gained: Approach and Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green but struggled on the greens. He was the only player in the top 10 to lose strokes putting. List’s victory moved him up from No. 151 to 56 in the OWGR and earned him spots in the Masters and PGA Championship.

​Patrick Cantlay (8-1) finished third at Pebble Beach last year and is the tournament favorite. ​Daniel Berger (14-1) returns as the defending champion and has never finished worse than 10th in three appearances here. Jordan Spieth (20-1) won here in 2017 and finished tied for third with Cantlay last year. Jason Day (20-1) has finished seventh or better here in seven of the last nine years and has the best combined score here in relation to par since 2016. Day finished third last week at Torrey Pines, but this is a big drop in price from triple digits last week.

​Another veteran that emerged with a chance to win last week was Justin Rose (28-1), who was tipped here. Rose would have made the eventual playoff with a birdie at the 18th but found the water and settled for a bogey to finish sixth. Maverick McNealy (28-1), who finished runner-up here last year and fifth in the year prior, grew up around this course as his father, a business executive, plays in the Pro-Am every year.

​Cameron Tringale finished third last week at the Farmers and is priced at 30-1 along with Seamus Power, who was third at the Sony three weeks ago. A trio of international players make their 2022 U.S. debut: Matt Fitzpatrick (40-1), Min Woo Lee (80-1) and Dean Burmester (100-1). 

The Event

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was founded in 1937 as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and was played near San Diego before being moved to the Monterey Peninsula after World War II. The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, chaired by Clint Eastwood, is the longtime event organizer and a philanthropic organization. Eastwood was a regular participant in this event until 2016 but still serves as the tournament’s host. 

The starting field consists of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs, with each pro paired with an amateur. A 54-hole cut is made after Saturday's third round, and 60 pros plus the 25 lowest pro-am teams will play Sunday. The pro-am was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 but returns in 2022, as does Monterey Peninsula Country Club to again give this event a three-course rotation before the final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

Many golfing legends have won here including five-time winners Phil Mickelson (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2019) and Mark O'Meara (1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997). Other multiple winners include Sam Snead (1937, 1938, 1941, 1950), Jack Nicklaus (1967, 1972, 1973), Johnny Miller (1974, 1987, 1994) and Tom Watson (1977, 1978). Four players have won both an AT&T and a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach: Nicklaus, Watson, Tom Kite and Tiger Woods.

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