This week on the PGA Tour: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
- Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72, 6,816 yards; only course used for final round); Spyglass Hill Golf Club (par 72, 6,953 yards); Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore course (par 71, 6,958 yards)
- When: Thursday-Sunday
- Who: 156 players, cut after 54 holes to top 70 and ties (low 60 and ties if 78 or more players finish above the initial cut line)
- Why: $7.2 million purse; $1.296 million and 500 FedEx Cup points to winner
On The Tee: This Week’s Top 5 Storylines
PHIL’S PEBBLE PROWESS: Phil Mickelson will tee it up for the fourth straight week on the PGA Tour and he’ll do it at one of his favorite Tour spots: Pebble Beach. In 20 starts at this event, Mickelson has won four times (1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012) and last year he was runner-up to winner Vaughn Taylor, one of three second-place finishes for Lefty last season. Since returning from offseason sports-hernia surgeries, Mickelson has made three starts on Tour and not finished worse than T-21.
TOP-RANKED TRACK RECORDS: World No. 1 Jason Day is in the field this week, as is No. 4 Dustin Johnson and No. 6 Jordan Spieth. All three have good track records at Pebble. Day has three top 10s in seven starts and has never missed a cut at Pebble. Johnson is a two-time winner here and owns four other tops 10s in nine starts. Spieth has been in the top 10 in two of his last three starts in this event and hasn’t finished worse than T-22 in four previous starts at Pebble.
THE OTHER STARS: The celebrity list for this year’s pro-am is stellar once again. Bill Murray, of course, is back for his usual antics. Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots is also set to tee it up, as is “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky. Click here for the full list of celebrities.
THE RETURN OF PATRICK CANTLAY: Patrick Cantlay, a former top-ranked amateur, hasn’t played a PGA Tour event in more than two years, a period that has been marred by back issues and personal loss. Cantlay, 24, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in one of his vertebrae in May 2013 and has played sparingly since. His last Tour start came in 2014, at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Cantlay, a standout at UCLA, also watched as his friend and caddie Chris Roth was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Newport Beach, Calif., last year. However … “I never felt like my golf has left me,” Cantlay told Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner this week.
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: Yes, it figures to be a wet one this week at Pebble Beach. Heavy rains and winds are scheduled to be present until the weekend. On Tuesday, tournament officials recommended fans stay home. The hope is, of course, for the fans to be out in full force in time for the tournament. Fingers crossed for good weather.