The West Coast swing on the PGA Tour continues this week with the iconic host course providing the scenic backdrop for the Pebble Beach Pro Am.
Three courses will be in rotation this week with Spyglass Hill and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula used before the final round switches back to Pebble Beach. Low scoring will be expected with gentle pins set up for the amateurs and favourable weather expected in California.
Dustin Johnson Each Way
Dustin Johnson deserves plenty of respect at the top of the betting with the 11/2 favourite twice winning this tournament. The American comes in off a runner-up finish in Saudi Arabia and has every chance, but his last two starts at Pebble Beach, including the 2019 US Open, have produced mediocre results and so he is reluctantly left out at short odds.
Jason Day Each Way
Jason Day made a solid return from his injury layoff at the Farmers Insurance Open and the course specialist could go close to his first win at Pebble Beach this week.
The Australian has a superb record at this tournament and has done everything but finish first at the track. Day has finished inside the top five on his last three starts at this event. His best result was runner-up two years ago and was also fourth in 2015 and sixth in both 2013 and 2008.
Day is extremely comfortable in this format and it would be a surprise if the 32-year-old fails to get his hands on this trophy before the end of his career.
After being forced to miss the Presidents Cup, due to a back injury, Day made his comeback at Torrey Pines a couple of weeks ago. Having been limited in the amount of practice he can do, Day produced an encouraging effort to finish in a tie for 16th place.
Having knocked off the rust and eased his way back towards fitness, Day’s hopes of contending should be greater this week and the 12-time PGA Tour winner can challenge for an elusive Pebble Beach victory at 18/1.
Brandt Snedeker Each Way
Brandt Snedeker is another Pebble Beach specialist and the two-time winner should go close to clinching a third success this weekend. Snedeker has made no secret of his love for the California links and his feelgood factor at this tournament is beyond question.
His first win came in 2013 with a 19-under-par total and added a second title here, two years later, with a record total of 22-under. The American was also fourth in 2017 and finished inside the top ten of the US Open at the course in 2010.
Snedeker is an undoubted West Coast specialist with another two wins at Torrey Pines. The 39-year-old underlined his comfort factor with another excellent performance a few weeks ago, finishing in a tie for third place in San Diego.
One of the reasons behind his superb track record at these courses is his exceptional touch on the Poa Annua greens. His pop stroke is perfect for the bumpy surfaces and his confidence levels soar on these greens.
Expect Snedeker to feature prominently again on the leaderboard this week at 20/1 each way.
Phil Mickelson Each Way
Phil Mickelson defends the title and the five-time Pebble Beach champion could be celebrating more success this weekend. Mickelson has a phenomenal record at this tournament, winning five of his 23 starts.
In the last four years, ‘Lefty’ has finished second twice and won the event last season after holding off the challenge of Paul Casey. Mickelson loves the set-up for this low-scoring week and will see this as a golden opportunity to win a 45th PGA Tour title.
Mickelson has slipped outside the top 50 of the world rankings and the fiercely competitive 49-year-old is still intent on challenging in the biggest events on the calendar. The five-time major champion produced his best result since his win here last week with a tie for third at the Saudi International. This was a timely return to form and again highlighted his ability to flourish at a coastal course.
Mickelson is always a threat at Pebble Beach and a no brainer at 22/1 each way.
Max Homa Each Way
Max Homa comes into this week following back-to-back top tens and the Californian looks worth backing to ride this momentum at Pebble Beach. Homa tied for ninth at Torrey Pines and built on this at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with sixth place.
His recent form is a continuation of his significant progress following last season’s maiden PGA Tour win at Quail Hollow.
Homa was nowhere near his current form 12 months ago, when he turned up at Pebble Beach, but still managed to finish inside the top ten. The fast-improving 29-year-old heads to the California coast with increased confidence and the knowledge he is a winner at this level.
Homa has climbed into the top 100 of the world rankings and a few more big performances could open the doors to the majors. At 50/1 each way, Homa is a tempting bet to contend.
Scott Stallings Each Way
Scott Stallings has impressed at Pebble Beach in recent seasons and the American could also go well at appealing odds. Stallings secured his best finish at the Pro Am last year with third place. It continued his improved results at the tournament after seventh in 2018 and 14th a year earlier.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success on the West Coast and the biggest win of his career came at Torrey Pines in 2014.
Stallings has three victories on the PGA Tour and this proven closer is often underestimated in the betting. His form this season has been solid, making his last five cuts, which suggests he can attack Pebble Beach with confidence.
Stallings is 27-under-par for his last eight rounds at the tournament and should not be ruled out at 80/1 each way.