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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2018 betting tips: 3 from the tee on the PGA Tour this week

Jon Wilde 6 Feb 2018
Shane Lowry (credit:Credit by bettingpro)'s Jon Wilde provides outright betting tips for the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and a guide on how to bet on this PGA Tour event from February 8-11.

Background to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was inaugurated in 1937 and is held on three different courses near the town of Carmel on the California coast – Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

The tournament was originally named after the American singer and keen golfer Bing Crosby and hosted by his family for eight more years after his death in 1977. AT&T became the title sponsor in 1986.

The field consists of 156 professional golfers, all of whom will play with an amateur partner for one round at each of the three courses. The cut takes place after three rounds with only the top 60 and ties making it through to the last day at Pebble Beach instead of the usual 70 at other events.

Mark O’Meara is the most successful player in AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am history with five victories between 1985 and 1997 while of the current crop of PGA Tour competitors, Phil Mickelson has triumphed four times and Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker twice each.

Three from the tee

Here are the trio we are backing for the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am:

1) SHANE LOWRY @ 80/1 with Coral (paying 1/5 odds first 7 places for each-way bets)

Shane Lowry (Getty Images)

The former WGC-Bridgestone Invitational champion has yet to find his stride in 2018, but this is the sort of event that suits Lowry in every sense and this terrific links player is backed to add an even higher finish to his two previous good performances here.

The involvement of celebrity golfers should help the hot-tempered Irishman keep his cool and after finishing in the top 21 at Pebble Beach twice within the last three years, he looks good value to return to his impressive pre-Christmas form.

Dustin Johnson (Getty Images)

Of the five clear favourites at the top of the market, Johnson is the one that gets our vote because his Pebble Beach record is superb – two victories in this event and four more top-five finishes, while he should also have won the 2010 US Open but let it slip away in the final round.

Currently the best player in the world, DJ dotted up first time out this year at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and although he is a short price this week he looks to have everything in his favour.

Scott Stallings (Getty Images)

Stallings tends to save his best performances for California in the opening month or two of the year and indicated a big result was on the cards with a solid display in Phoenix last week.

He finished inside the top 15 here in 2017 and those memories, combined with his latest promising form, suggests he is a very lively outsider who could pop up at a big price here.

Course Guide

Pebble Beach is by far the best-known of the three venues staging this event and widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful courses with views of Carmel Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Peninsula.

A par-72, Pebble Beach has also staged the US Open on five occasions, the most recent winners being Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell, and the US PGA Championship once.

Spyglass Hill is a shorter par-72 at which all the hole names bear references to the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island because of the author’s connections with the Monterey area.

Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course only became part of this tournament in 2010 to replace Poppy Hills, which underwent renovation, and is also a par-72 with the short 11th being the signature hole on an elevated tee.

Previous winners

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am results: Past winners of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

YearWinnerScoreTo ParRunner-Up
2007Phil Mickelson268-20Kevin Sutherland
2008Steve Lowery278-10Vijay Singh
2009Dustin Johnson201 (weather-shortened)-15Mike Weir
2010Dustin Johnson270-16J B Holmes/David Duval
2011D A Points271-15Hunter Mahan
2012Phil Mickelson269-17Charlie Wi
2013Brandt Snedeker267-19Chris Kirk
2014Jimmy Walker276-11Dustin Johnson/Jim Renner
2015Brandt Snedeker265-22Nick Watney
2016Vaughn Taylor270-17Phil Mickelson
2017Jordan Spieth268-19Kelly Kraft

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in-play betting tactics

As this event is played on three different courses, it’s difficult to get a proper handle on how everyone is faring until the end of Saturday’s play because there can be big fluctuations in scores and positions on the leaderboard up to that point.

Therefore, a fast start is not vital and within the last six years Vaughn Taylor and Phil Mickelson were well off the pace after round one and even going into the last day before bursting through to win.

On Sunday, do not be tricked into thinking a player is in good shape heading to the par-five 14th hole because this is a brute rather than a surefire birdie chance and has proven costly in the past.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am markets

Bookmakers are offering a good range of markets on this tournament including the staples of Winner, Top 5, Top 10 and Top 20 Finish, although not First Round Leader this time because the event is being played on three different courses.

Those happy to bet on a single nationality or continent of player can choose from six such markets including Top Australian, Top European and Top Rest of the World (non-USA or European). These can be a good way to bet if you fancy a certain player to go well, or at least better than his compatriots, but not necessarily feature right at the top of the leaderboard.

There are also a few special bets on offer including whether there will be a play-off and the margin of victory.

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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2018 betting tips: 3 from the tee on the PGA Tour this week's Jon Wilde provides outright betting tips for the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and a guide on how to bet on this PGA Tour event from February 8-11.

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