The PGA Tour rolls into Pebble Bach California right on the heels of the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Carmel Bay and the Del Monte forest will provide the surrounding picturesque views while the tour plays the 2016 edition of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am has a long and storied history. The past champions at the AT&T is a distinguished group of Hall of Famers as well as current PGA Tour stars. Imagine having you name next to Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson (4-time winner) and Mark O’Meara (5-time winner).
Dates: February 11 – 14 2016
Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula CC, Spyglass Hill GC
Pebble Beach – Par72, 6,816 yards
Monterey CC – Par 70, 6,838 yards
Spyglass Hill GC – Par 72, 6,858 yards
Television Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 6:30 – 9:30 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 6:30 – 9:30 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 1 – 2:30 PM EST, CBS 3 -6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 1 – 2:30 PM EST, CBS 3 – 6:30 PM EST
Purse: $6.8 million total purse, $1.224 million winner share
2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | Pebble Beach GL Swing Holes
The swing holes section of this piece breaks down holes that will decide a tournament. But the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a multi-course event. I am going to focus on Pebble Beach Golf Links since that is the place that truly matters over the weekend.
It is hard to talk about Pebble Beach and not at least mention the seventh hole. It plays all of 106 yards and is one of the shortest holes any professional will see in tournament golf. How can a course get away with such a short hole? It is all about the wind. Depending on direction, players could play as little as a lob wedge into the green yet with other conditions players could hit a seven or even six iron. Pretty insane right?
The eighth hole at Pebble Beach is a Par-4 that traverses 418 yards. While I normally talk about the approach or the green, this hole is all about the tee shot. You cannot grip it and rip it here because the tours best will meet with the waves and a watery grave. The blind tee shot here will call for either a hybrid or 3-wood. The difference between birdie and double here is all about choosing and executing off the tee.
The 13th hole is feast or famine for the field. Players will be thinking birdie on the tee and that should be the mindset but they still have to focus. The right side of the fairway brings three bunkers into play as well as three bunkers of a similar configuration near the green. Execute and birdie is for the taking but get amped up or miss-club and players could be forced to chip back from over the green off a tight lie onto one of the fastest putting surfaces of the week.
The closing hole at Pebble Beach is postcard worthy. The 18th will play as a Par-5 at 543 yards and has been host to some of the greatest moments in recent memory. The coastline comes into play off the tee as players will have to decide just how aggressive they want to be. A hammered tee shot just might run through into the rough and force players to lay up. While it is true that only about 25 percent of the field can get there is two, the fairway must be found to have any shot. From there it is lay up or fire away and swing your way into immortality.
2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | Pebble Beach GL Selections
It is always a great event that draws a solid field of PGA Tour professionals and celebrities. Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I am adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | Pebble Beach GL
|Jason Day||This is a whole new Jason Day with a level of confidence we have not seen before. Historically at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Jason has not won but has shown an affinity for the course and the format as evident by his tie for fourth last year, sixth place finish in 2013, 14th place finish in 2009 and sixth place finish in 2008. Day has a powerful, solid, and repeatable swing that allows him to avoid horrible stumbles in pressure moments. He has made two starts this year and knocked the rust off. He could come in leave the champion.|
|Phil Mickelson||He made a decision this off-season to change his swing. Even a minor change at 46 is commitment. He debuted the new swing three events again with a tie for third, then this past week he just finished tied for 11th in Phoenix. The highlight being the Saturday 65. Now he returns to Pebble where he has won on four different occasions. It is hard to think of Lefty as one with a shot even if the drought between wins is large.|
|Nick Watney||He is not on his game so far this season with only one top-15 at the Shriner's Hospitals for Children Open. He did decide to take a week off and see what can be fixed. He has a history of playing better after a week off. He likes it here as evident by his runner-up finish last year to a record setting performance, his tie for sixth in 2011, and previous top-10s and top-25s. You want a sleeper, Watney is your guy.|