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Tuesday, February 05, 2013


 

 

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

 

Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course)

Spyglass Hill Golf Club

Monterrey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course)

Pebble Beach, CA

 

Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course)

Yards: 6,816

Par: 72 (36-36)

Greens: Poa Annua (3,500 square feet on average)

Rough: Perennial ryegrass 2”

Stimpmeter: 10’

Bunkers: 111

Water Hazards: The Pacific Ocean is in play on nine holes

Course Architect: Jack Neville and Douglas Grant (1919); Ed Conner and Jack Nicklaus (1991)

Purse: $6,500,000

Winner’s Share: $1,117,000

FexExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Defending Champion: As was the trend for most of 2012, Phil Mickelson chased down and passed 54-hole leader Charlie Wi and won by two shots for his fourth AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title, the 40th of his career.

Dates:  February 7-10

Notes: Gamers, this tournament takes place on three different courses (the other two listed below) and is obviously a Pro-Am. Each TOUR player will play all three courses before the field is cut for Sunday. Pebble Beach Golf Links will host the final 18 holes, including amateurs, on Sunday.

Notes II: Pebble Beach Golf Links was the 24th-most difficult of the 49 courses played on TOUR in 2012.

Notes III: For gamers, thankfully this is the LAST multi-course format of the season.

 

 

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

 

Yards: 6,953 as per the scorecard

Par: 72 (36-36)

Greens: Poa Annua (5,000 square feet on average)

Rough: Perennial ryegrass; Poa Annua 2”

Stimpmeter: 10’

Bunkers: 62

Water Hazards: 4

Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1966)

Notes: Spyglass Hill Golf Course was the 18th-most difficult course played on TOUR in 2012. Gamers, steer clear!

 


Monterrey Peninsula Country Club

 

Yards: 6,838 as per the scorecard

Par: 70 (34-36)

Greens: Bentgrass; Poa Annua (7,000 square feet on average)

Rough: Perennial ryegrass; Kentucky Bluegrass 2”

Stimpmeter: 10’

Bunkers: 106

Water Hazards: 1

Course Architect: Robert Baldock and Jack Neville (1960); Mike Stranz (2003).

Notes: The Shore Course replaced Poppy Hills in the rotation in 2010. Over the last three years, MPCC has increased in difficulty among the courses played on TOUR.

 

 

History Lessons

 

Bing Crosby used to be in charge of this tournament which at the time was referred to as the “Crosby Clambake.”  The times they are a changin’.

Gene Littler has won this tournament as an amateur and a pro. Top that.

 

The average winning score over the last 10 years has been pushing 15-under-par. Phil Mickelson fired 17-under last year to win by two shots.

 

Matt Gogel (2002), Aaron Oberholser (2006) and D.A. Points (2011) are the only players since the early ‘80s to post their first win on TOUR at this event. Experience matters.

 

Since 1983, 29 events, only six players (three listed above plus Brett Ogle, Steve Lowery and Peter Jacobsen) that have won this tournament are NOT major champions. #pedigree.

 

Brett Ogle (1993) is the only player to win in their debut at this event since the early 50’s.

 

Bombers have had their way around this place over the last 15 years as names like Mickelson (four times), Davis Love (twice), Dustin Johnson (twice), Vijay Singh (once) and Tiger Woods have all won here. It’s also interesting that all of those guys are excellent ball strikers that hit plenty GIR as well.

 

Mark O’Meara (five wins) and Phil Mickelson (four wins) share the tournament record, 268.

 

The TOUR is back on Poa Annua greens again this week so take a look at those with solid history here, Torrey Pines and Riviera when looking for an angle this week. It won’t hurt if they are a major champion either!

 

 

Rank and File

 

This week, only 11 of the top 50 OWGR players are in the field.

 

Of Course

 

For the final time in 2013 we have to worry about playing three different courses.

 

Monterrey Peninsula Country Club is new to the rotation as of 2010 so not too many guys have tons of experience here. It will test your patience and your ball-striking as it has five, par-three holes and only three, par-fives. Last year, MPCC only had eight rounds over par in the first round but followed with 20 and 24 to wrap up the week. Weird. Charlie Wi set the course record of 61 here last year and finished second to Mickelson.

 

Spyglass Hill, interestingly enough, had a similar trend last year. In the first round, 16 rounds were over par, followed by 34 on Friday and 29 on Saturday, including three in the 80’s. Spyglass is the toughest course of the three Thursday through Saturday so stay away.

 

Pebble Beach has scoring opportunities and with 15-under being the average winning score over the last 10 years so don’t let the former major course scare you. Remember, this is a Pro-Am so the rough is not going to be up and the greens and pins cannot be difficult or the rounds would take 7 hours.

 

The courses this week are short and have smallish-style greens. Short courses obviously don’t favor short hitters as I pointed out above so this week I’m looking for guys who hit plenty of greens, have plenty of experience and are comfortable putting on Poa Annua greens. Guys who fall into this category will include California players, guys who lit it up at on Torrey Pines South and veterans who have won or contended in majors. Remember, the 2010 U.S. Open, won by Graeme McDowell, was played at Pebble Beach. Sure it’s not Sepulveda, but it will do!

 


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Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.
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