The PGA betting business tends to be very serious, but there are times when it’s possible to have a little fun along the way. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is an event where the fun is always guaranteed, with the Wednesday before the event proper being when the celebrities hit the course to try and win some money for charity. A lot of fans show up on Wednesday to see what the celebs, especially Bill Murray, a fan favorite, can do on the course. It’s great fun, but it will be back to business on Thursday, as we have a fantastic group of players arriving in California for this tournament.
Over the first 3 days, Thursday – Saturday, the players will play Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and the Peninsula Country Club before heading back to Pebble Beach for the final round on Sunday. Based on the latest PGA lines, let’s take a closer look at the favorites here, with some picks added for good measure.
PGA Betting Preview: 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Rory makes his season debut this week. pic.twitter.com/g4GikrRBEO
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- Location: Pebble Beach, California
- Established: 1937
- Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links / Spyglass Hill Golf Course / Monterey Peninsula CC
- Par: 72 (PB), 72 (SH), 71 (MP)
- Length: 6,816 yards
- Organized by: Monterey Peninsula Foundation
- Format: Stroke play
- Prize fund: $7.4 million
2018 Top Contenders
Dustin Johnson (+450)
The number one player in the world is off to a solid start in 2018, with a win and a second-place finish already on his resume. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise given that he is coming off a career year where he had 4 wins on tour. Johnson is likely to be among the leaders when Sunday afternoon rolls around, but I like him to finish up top 5 instead of at the top of the leaderboard.
Jon Rahm (+750)
It was always going to be interesting to see if Rahm could carry over the momentum of the second half of 2017 into this year, and the early answer appears to be yes. Like Johnson, Rahm has a win and a second already, and one more win on the tour in 2018 would make this a career year with a lot of tournaments to play. Rahm was great in 2017, but I think this is going to be his breakthrough year in terms of wins, and I believe he gets another one here.
Rory McIlroy (+800)
The Irishman and constant PGA Betting favorite has been struggling with injuries over the past few months, which makes his 6 top 10 finishes last season all the more impressive. McIlroy has yet to really get going this season, but this is a course that he likes, so look for him to get that first top 10 finish of this season, which should get him going for the rest of the year.
Jason Day (+800)
Day has finally cracked the top 10 in the world and is looking to climb even higher this season. It has been a solid start to the year for Day, picking up a win at the Farmers Insurance Open, and just missing out on the top 10 in a pair of other tournaments.
I don’t see him winning this one against such a strong field, but he is a solid top 5 PGA Betting option, as that is where he finished here last year.
Jordan Spieth (+1000)
You know it’s a solid field when there are 4 players ahead of Spieth on the betting odds favorite board. That said, it has been a slow start to the year for Spieth who missed the cut in Phoenix last week. He does have a top 10 finish this season, and I think that is about what we can expect from him this weekend.
If you are looking for a player at a price to crack the top 5 or 10, my money would be on Matt Kuchar (+3000). He played very well last week in Phoenix and may be able to carry that form into this weekend.
Last 10 Champions
- 2017: Jordan Spieth
- 2016: Vaughn Taylor
- 2015: Brandt Snedeker
- 2014: Jimmy Walker
- 2013: Brandt Snedeker
- 2012: Phil Mickelson
- 2011: D. A. Points
- 2010: Dustin Johnson
- 2009: Dustin Johnson
- 2008: Steve Lowery