PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Golf Betting Info
It is Pro-Am time on the PGA Tour this week, as the event tees off in California. The big news is that Tiger Woods steps into action
for the first time this season on the PGA Tour (he did make an appearance on the European Tour in January), and being a former winner here back in 2000, he will of course attract a lot of betting interest.
One of the more unique features of the event, is that it is played over three courses and offers its challenges in that way. The tournament goes over the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course and the Spyglass Hill Golf Course. So slightly different challenges will presented to the professionals and the amateurs across the course of the event. However, they are kind of average ranking courses,
with the Monterey Peninsula being relatively new (and having the toughest greens), hosting just five Tour events before. The different courses will present different styles of greens, fairways and rough, but it is all in such a beautiful location, with the Pebble Beach Golf Links home to some wonderful ocean water hazards over half of the course. Tiger Woods joins other previous winners
, Dustin Johnson (two wins) and Phil Mickelson (three wins) at the top of the betting pile for the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament.
PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Defending Champion
picked up the honours last year, breaking Dustin Johnson’s two year winning streak at the event. Points was paired up with actor Bill Murray
last year, and you just wonder how relaxed his amateur partner made Points feel, and whether that had an effect on the great focus and weekend he had at Pebble Beach. Basically put, DA Points won here last year having fun
. Points played well, he did, granted, but the influence of Murray has to be credited as well, and Points admitted that he likes to be chatty on the course as it helps him relax. Really can’t say what he is likely to do this year. He played well last year to take the title, but he hasn’t been out in the 2012 season yet, so we will get the first look at him. Could be a bit rusty therefore.
Would have liked a previous tournament this year under his belt first for strength as a betting option.
PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Betting Favourite
Tiger Woods. Yes, he is the front runner for the Pebble Beach golf betting. Woods fired in a third place finish in Abu Dhabi
in his only competitive outing this season (on the European PGA). Not too bad of a finish you would think, but there are some considerations to be taken into account. One of them being Woods is not putting well at the moment. Granted, the conditions and greens in California will suit him better than the desert trails of the Middle East, he isn’t hot with the putter right now.
There is also the question of consistency. After three brilliant first days in Abu Dhabi, Woods completely went missing in the fourth round, when it mattered most. Really it was tournament that the old Woods would have taken by the scruff of the neck
and not let anyone else get a look in. That is where he is at, but the positives to take from all of that, is that he still, as a whole played pretty well even without the putter firing and so if he gets it working at Pebble Beach, then the rest of his work, his driving and his iron play, should put near the front and he should be in contention on Sunday. We are gradually seeing more and more from Tiger Woods. Confidence is a big factor.
Whether he will focus on the positives or the negatives from Abu Dhabi remains to be seen in California this week. Is he good enough to win? Yes. It could be a relaxed enough atmosphere for him to pull all the new aspects of his game together and win his first title in the US since 2009. It is Tiger Woods, so you just never know. Really, it could all be down to how well he putts. He is paired up with NFL player Tony Romo
this year, and it will be whether he can back up his driving. He knows the layout, knows the course, can he pull it all together?
Naturally we can’t just look at one man in the field. Dustin Johnson
will probably be grateful that Tiger Woods has turned up, because it will take some pressure of the two times Pebble Beach Champion. Haven’t really seen him at his consistent and explosive best so far this season but is clearly set up to attack the challenge of Pebble Beach. Johnson is superb off the tee, has great length
which should always put him in good stead. Still waiting for him to wake up a bit this season, with just one finish under par from this three tournaments this year. Not in the tip top, world beating best shape. Still, he has course history and the bookies are paying attention
to that in your golf betting options. Phil Mickelson
will naturally be fancied here, as a three times winner of the tournament. It has been a mixed start to the new year for Big Phil. He made a T49 at the Humana Challenge in his first outing and then missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. That was a bit bewildering, and he followed that up saying his best was very close.
He improved drastically to a T26 at the Phoenix Open last week. Still want better from the big man, don’t really know how close that very best is. His strength is all in the iron work approach shots. He gets into the groove and the conditions should be right for him at Pebble Beach. So it is fair to say, the big names aren’t exactly jumping off the page and saying back me! However, let’s turn the corner and look at Hunter Mahan, who fired in a T6 at the Farmers
in his first outing of the season. That is exactly what we expect from Mahan and what we want to see. Definitely wroth a good shout to build upon that, super consistent, but does he have the finishing touch? Nick Watney is another huge potential offering, but again, not any consistency to his season yet. A T12 at the Tournament of Champions was followed up by a lowly T60 at the Farmers after struggling all weekend. He’s better than that, could be time for a bounce back performance. Talking of bounce back performances though, will it come from Spencer Levin?
Levin lead the Phoenix Open at the final round stage, an eight shot lead which was overhauled by Kyle Stanley to finish in third. It was a miraculous capitulation from Levin. However, if he wants to take heart, Stanley blew a lead at the Farmers a week before with a horrid fourth round. His 75 on Sunday at the Phoenix Open will haunt him. But can he do a Kyle Stanley and bounce right back with a win. Has the potential to do big things this year does the American, and with a fourth here last year, makes great value. Brandt Snedeker
has won this year, taking the Farmers Insurance Open and he is in the field. Has posted some great scores this season, fell away a bit at the Phoenix Open last week though.
Latest PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Betting Prices
Tiger Woods: 11/2 at Totesport
Dustin Johnson: 22/1 at BetFred
Phil Mickelson: 24/1 at Bwin
Hunter Mahan: 25/1 at Bet Victor
Nick Watney: 25/1 at Ladbrokes
Brandt Snedeker: 25/1 at Bet365
Rickie Fowler: 25/1 at Bet365
Spencer Levin: 33/1 at Bet365
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