The PGA Tour moves 440 miles up the California coast from last week’s stop at Torrey Pines in San Diego to the Monterey Peninsula, home of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 1947. The unique format takes place on three golf courses, including the stunningly picturesque Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Last year’s event took place without spectators and the usual 156 celebrities, business leaders, and athletes that make up the pro-am field. The pro-am is back for 2022, with the two-player teams of a professional and an amateur competing to become one of 25 that make it to Sunday’s final round.
In addition to Pebble Beach, the other venues are Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the Shore Course at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The players rotate through all of the courses through Saturday, after which the pro-am and tournament cuts are made, with Sunday’s play taking place at Pebble Beach.
Daniel Berger eagled the 72nd hole in last year’s tournament to finish two shots ahead of Maverick McNealy at 18 under par 270 after a closing round 65. The win propelled Berger to a spot on the winning United States Ryder Cup team and a finish of 11th place in the final FedEx Cup standings.
In the Farmers Insurance Open last week, Luke List made a birdie on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Will Zalatoris, then duplicated the feat on the first hole of sudden death to pick up his first Tour victory in his 206th career event. Zalatoris had a chance to end the tournament in regulation, but his 12-foot birdie effort on the 18th hole just skirted the edge of the cup.
Patrick Cantlay, the 2021 FedEx Cup champion and third-place finisher in last year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is the betting favorite with odds of +700. He’s followed by the defending champion at +1100 and last week’s runner-up with odds of +1800.
Two other players with recent success at Pebble Beach, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, who also tied for third last week, have odds of +2000 with Justin Rose at +2200. Cameron Tringale, off a good performance in the Farmers Insurance Open, is at +2500 while Seamus Power joins McNealy with odds of +2800.
Underdog Betting Picks
Kevin Streelman at +5000 recorded three consecutive top-ten finishes in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am from 2018-2020, including coming in second in 2020. The 43-year-old two-time winner on Tour has already made eight starts in the 2021-2022 season and is coming off a tie for 39th last week at Torrey Pines.
With one top ten finish at Pebble Beach in the last five years, Michael Thompson has been popping up on leaderboards recently, finishing in a tie for fifth in the Sony Open in Hawaii and managing an 11th place tie last week after opening with a 64. The 36-year-old is also making his ninth start this season and is searching for his third Tour title with odds of +6600.
Lanto Griffin already has three top-ten finishes in eight events during 2021-2022 with six consecutive made cuts and a season-best tie for third two weeks ago at the American Express.
The 33-year-old has one win on the PGA Tour and has odds of +3300 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.