February 5, 2019
Love it or hate it, the celebrity tournament is played in some stunning surroundings. Steve Carroll considers who might come out ahead on the Monterey Peninsula
Venue: Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, USA
Date: February 7-10, 2019
Course stats: Par 72, 6,816 yards (Pebble Beach)
Course summary: This iconic course hosts the US Open in just four months but will be in slightly different shape for a tournament that was once the Bing Crosby Clambake. Yes, the short 7th and 18th will continue to enthral, but expect generous flags and low scoring. The players also take in Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Country Club.
Purse: $7.6 million
Defending champion: Ted Potter Jnr (-17)
Weather forecast: Sunny but cool over the first couple of days, with a chance of rain and showers throughout.
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, featured groups, 4pm; Sky Sports Golf, 8pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, featured groups, 4pm; Sky Sports Golf, 8pm.
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 6pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 6pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 10pm
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am betting tips: Each-way tips
Jimmy Walker has had a terrible time of things since revealing he’d been suffering with Lyme Disease in 2017. He has gone from the Ryder Cup to the fringes of the top 100 and has not finished better than tied 29th this season.
But he can still turn in a good week and this tournament is usually where it happens. Tied 8th last year, while in the midst of his recovery, he was a winner in 2014 and 3rd, 9th and 9th in the three years prior.
We need Walker to get some good feelings when he takes the trip down 17-Mile Drive but, at prices approaching 125/1, there is enough there for me to take a chance.
Some former winners are at big prices this week. Brandt Snedeker was victorious in 2013 and 2015 and was also 4th in 2017.
Placed 20th last year, 50/1 seems large for a player that won the Wyndham Championship in August and was tied for 2nd at the Safeway Open in October.
Yes, he certainly could have started this year in better fettle and did nothing of note either at Torrey Pines or in Phoenix.
He enjoyed a solid week at the Sony Open, though, and with his hot putter it wouldn’t take much – at a series of venues he likes – for him to be back in the frame.
That’s who Steve believes might make an each-way charge. But who does he reckon will top the leaderboard? Turn the page to find out…