The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will have a different look for 2021, hopefully returning to normal next year. There will be no multi-day Pro-Am where each professional is paired with an amateur partner. The tournament will also be contested over two courses instead of the customary three.
Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Club, both par-72 courses, will host the event. The players will compete on both courses for the first two days, then move over to Pebble Beach for the weekend rounds.
Nick Taylor is the defending champion, going wire-to-wire in 2020 after an opening-round 63. He won by three strokes over Kevin Streelman, with Phil Mickelson finishing five shots behind in third place.
Mickelson is a five-time winner at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with his most recent victory coming by three shots in 2019.
If it’s possible to catch lightning in a bottle two years in a row, a wager on +15000 defending champion Nick Taylor might be the way to a nice payday.
Underdogs to Bet On
Dustin Johnson was planning to play this week, but pulled out of the tournament yesterday. This leaves more options for bettors to place wagers on some underdogs. Johnson was the favorite at +600, but the players as high as 10th are at +4000. For this week, any player with odds higher than that will qualify as an underdog pick.
Like Jordan Spieth last week, who we picked as one of our promising underdogs, Rickie Fowler is worth a look at +4500. He has been struggling, but it’s hard to say when the switch might flip, and he regains past form. Spieth led after three rounds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open before fading to a tie for eighth.
Fowler is making his first AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am start since missing the cut in 2012. With the change in format and course rotation, he might benefit from not having to make the adjustment. Call it a hunch, but eventually, all the work he’s been doing is bound to pay off.
Brendan Steele, a three-time winner on Tour, is also returning to this event after a long absence. Two of his wins came in the 2017 and 2018 Safeway Opens, another Northern California venue in the Napa Valley.
Steele ended the 2020 calendar year on a down note but has three consecutive made cuts with a fourth-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii. With odds of +5500, he might be worth taking a look at, especially along with a couple of other promising underdogs.
Looking farther down the list, Patton Kizzire has been playing steady golf in the 2021 season. After missing the cut at the Safeway Open, Kizzire has been around on the weekend for nine straight tournaments. He has three finishes inside the top 11 and has a pair of Tour victories.
If it’s possible to catch lightning in a bottle two years in a row, a wager on +15000 defending champion Nick Taylor might be the way to a nice payday. His play has been inconsistent, leaving him just inside the top 125 in FedEx Cup points at 118th. In addition to his win at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach, he had another top 10 in the event in 2017.