The most famous Pro-Am is back! The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tees off Thursday. Of course I love watching golf at Pebble Beach, and I also love how Josh Allen said no to the Pro Bowl and is going to be playing Pebble instead. Nashville native Mookie Betts, Don Cheadle and of course Pro-Am legend Bill Murray will also be bouncing around.
Just like the last few weeks on tour, the pros will be jumping to three different courses: Pebble Beach, Spyglass and Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Club. The cut is Saturday (after 54 holes), unlike most tournaments when it comes after Friday’s rounds (36 holes). Last year’s defending champion Daniel Berger is in the field this weekend at +1100.
Winner: Maverick McNealy +2500 (+300 Top 10)
If you take a deep dive into how the PGA Tour has played the California swing in the last three seasons, you will see Maverick McNealy’s name at the top of the sheet – playing the last three years -99 under par. The Stanford University product has talked about how much this part of the PGA schedule means to him, and with this being the second-to-last California event this year, he might force the envelope a little more. I don’t mind his history at Pebble either, as he has played it three times and finished top 5 twice.
Match Bet 2: Berger over Cantlay +130
The best two players in the field matched up together? Sounds like fun. Daniel Berger has great history at Pebble, of course, winning the tournament last year. He also has two other finishes inside the top 10. This isn’t a “Patrick Cantlay won’t do well” bet. This is pure value. Berger can play with anyone and that includes the 4th-best player in the world. Take the +130 and hope Berger outduels his Ryder Cup teammate.
The man with probably the worst putter in the world is back again this week after losing in a sudden death playoff vs. Luke List. He finished 64th out of 75 players to make the cut last week in strokes gained putting, so he currently ranks 141st in putting total. Willy Z will win a tournament sooner or later with his outstanding iron play. He’s played this event twice, not with great results – making the cut both times but missing the top 50. His last three events on tour have been all top-10 finishes. Take the risk and hopefully see him battle it out Sunday.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.