AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2021: Course and current form guides

The Pacific Ocean is never far away during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
The perils of Pebble Beach, as viewed from the 8th tee

It's another trip to the California coast for the PGA Tour as the players pitch up at Pebble Beach. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Spyglass Hill has earned a reputation for being one of the toughest layouts on the PGA Tour schedule."

This year's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will have a completely different feel than normal.

Because of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, organisers have decided to ditch the pro-am segment of the tournament.

Although the tournament's name will continue to include the words 'Pro-Am', it will be a professionals-only event, with 156 players competing over two courses, rather than the usual three.

Monterey Peninsula's Shore Course will take a one-year sabbatical, leaving Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill as tournament venues.

The golfers will play one round on each course over Thursday and Friday, with Pebble Beach becoming the sole focus on days three and four.

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On the tee

With world No 1 Dustin Johnson deciding to withdraw from this week's event, fellow American Patrick Cantlay is 'top seed'.

The world No 11 tied-11th at Pebble 12 months ago and was runner-up last time out in Palm Springs.

Former Pro-Am champion Jordan Spieth has journeyed from Arizona to California on the back of last week's top-five finish at TPC Scottsdale.

Although the 27-year-old will be disappointed with his closing round of 72, he should still feel buoyed by this result - as well as his overall performance.

His highest finish during a mediocre 2020 was a tie-for-ninth at Pebble and, with two months until The Masters, Spieth may already be viewed as a potential winner on another course he loves.

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Phil Mickelson, a five-time winner at Pebble, somehow saves his best performances for this event, even though the 50-year-old is no longer the force he once was. But don't rule out another T-10 this week.

World No 59 Kevin Streelman is another course specialist, while Paul Casey - runner-up two years ago at the Monterrey Peninsula - arrives in the States following a victorious trip to the Middle East.

Enjoying a good run of current form is 33-year-old Swede Henrik Norlander who is now ranked inside the world's top 100 for the first time.

Pebble history

The tournament has been around in various guises for more than 80 years, with Pebble Beach first becoming involved in 1947.

Pebble has hosted this event 73 times, with Spyglass Hill the second most used venue in the history of this popular competition.

Following its debut in 1967, Spyglass will be making its 53rd appearance this week.

Host course Pebble Beach has some of the smallest greens in professional golf.

This photogenic public links, which opened for business in 1919, hugs the Pacific coastline, and is approximately 125 miles south of San Francisco.

Nearby Spyglass Hill, whose own history as a public course began in March 1966, has earned a reputation for being one of the toughest layouts on the PGA Tour schedule.

Although water only comes into play on three holes, there are plenty of tricky doglegs and tree-lined fairways to contend with.

Spyglass, which is generally an inland layout, does not meander too close to the Pacific coast, unlike Pebble Beach.

Stats anomaly

Usually, the overall tournament average for Greens hit in Regulation produces a bigger percentage than for Driving Accuracy.

For example, the largest percentage difference over the last five years (2016-20) belongs to Silverado, where the figure is 17.81.

However, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is one of those few tournaments where this (%) difference is not Plus (+) but Minus (-), in this case -1.37.

This is testament to a number of factors, including very small greens at Pebble, and less rough than normal because of the presence of amateur golfers - who won't be attending this event in 2021.

Course Comparisons (2016-20)


Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
70.05: Pebble Beach (AT&T Pro-Am) (3/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)

Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
68.68: Pebble Beach (AT&T Pro-Am) (13/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar) (29/29)

Putting (GiR)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.758: Pebble Beach (AT&T Pro-Am) (18/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)

Key: Above stats are for all 29 courses which staged four or more PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020. To qualify for a ranking (between 1 & 29), tournaments must have a minimum of 50 players competing over the final two rounds of the event. Averages do not include players who failed to complete at least 54 holes.

Pebble Beach Pro-Am Data (2016-20)
DA: (T10 - 69.80%); (Cat10 - 81.66%)
GiR: (T10 - 71.19%); (Cat10 - 76.07%)
Putts: (T10 - 1.704); (Cat10 - 1.651)

Key: T10 (Average for Top-10 finishers); Cat10 (Average for Top-10 in Category)

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Pro-Am Form (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49
Dustin Johnson 1 11
Patrick Cantlay 2 13
Daniel Berger MC 7 10 23
Paul Casey 12 1 8
Matt Kuchar 42 MC
Jason Day MC MC
Si Woo Kim 50 MC 1 25
Jordan Spieth 4 MC
Will Zalatoris 17 7 52
Kevin Streelman 22 37 MC 32
Sebastian Munoz MC 65 17 MC
Rickie Fowler MC 53 21 MC
Adam Long MC 69 3
Chez Reavie MC MC 67 MC
Joel Dahmen MC MC MC 20
Tom Lewis MC 42 MC 23
Phil Mickelson 53 53 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 33 35 4 MC
Brendan Steele 30 21 4 MC
Brian Harman 36 8 56 30
Michael Thompson MC 5 25 21
Francesco Molinari 10 8
Max Homa 42 18 21 12
Rory Sabbatini MC 10 12 MC 40
Alexander Noren 37 40 MC
Jim Herman MC 32
Sung Kang MC MC MC 37
Matt Jones 30 48 21 11
Henrik Norlander 22 2 12 MC MC
Cameron Tringale 17 18 56
Brandt Snedeker 32 MC MC
Chris Kirk MC 16 2 46
Andrew Landry 64 MC 38
Tom Hoge MC MC MC MC 3
Nick Taylor MC 47 11 29
Harry Higgs MC 65 32 MC
Aaron Wise 66 MC 2
Stewart Cink 58 19 31
Nate Lashley 17 MC MC 38
Cameron Davis 32 3 31
Branden Grace MC 8 40
Harold Varner 13 MC 71
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 2 MC 32 19 59
Peter Malnati 10 MC 14 MC
Charley Hoffman MC Wd Wd 14 46
Wyndham Clark 36 32 54
Sam Burns 22 18 MC
Scott Piercy MC MC 40
Mark Hubbard 30 MC 32 59
Tyler Duncan MC MC 56 23
Luke List 30 10 21 MC MC
CT Pan MC MC MC
Troy Merritt MC 72 MC 56 40
Austin Cook MC 32 47 63
Maverick McNealy MC 71 12
Vaughn Taylor MC 60 25 MC
Keith Mitchell MC MC 14 70
Min Woo Lee MC MC MC
Brian Stuard 58 MC 47 47 MC
Brian Gay MC MC 72 29
Matthew NeSmith 7 48 MC MC
Ryan Moore MC MC MC
Patton Kizzire 50 53 7 32
Kristoffer Ventura MC MC MC
Andrew Putnam 7 21 MC MC
Denny McCarthy MC 73 MC MC
Xin Jun Zhang 65 60 MC MC 63
Pat Perez MC 69 MC 32 52
Ryan Armour MC 16 32 MC
Will Gordon MC 42 64 MC MC
Kyle Stanley 36 18 32 MC 46
Russell Knox 53 MC 16 MC 23
James Hahn 10 MC 32 41
Jhonattan Vegas 41 MC 20
Davis Riley 58
Jim Furyk 47
Patrick Rodgers MC MC MC 17
Padraig Harrington MC 6 62
Adam Schenk MC MC 37 MC MC
Scott Brown MC MC MC 47
Scott Stallings 36 MC MC
Chase Seiffert 60 12 MC 59
Bo Hoag 36 18 16 MC 23
JB Holmes MC MC
Chesson Hadley MC MC MC
Sam Ryder 57 10 47 MC MC
Doug Ghim 37 5 MC 46
Brice Garnett MC MC 32 32
Joseph Bramlett 18 MC MC
Tyler McCumber 75 40 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 41 60 MC Wd
Beau Hossler MC MC MC MC
Fabian Gomez Wd MC MC MC
Kramer Hickok MC 21 19
Bronson Burgoon 42 37 MC MC
Josh Teater 40
Brandon Hagy 42 21 MC 40
Roger Sloan 53 40 MC MC
Cameron Percy 48 MC Wd
Hank Lebioda MC 62 MC 38
Scott Harrington MC MC MC MC
Zack Sucher
Jason Dufner MC 77 MC 52
Wes Roach
Nick Watney MC MC MC MC
Kevin Tway MC MC MC MC
Ted Potter 64 18 MC MC
Aaron Baddeley MC MC 41 MC
Satoshi Kodaira 63 MC MC 56 40
Sebastian Cappelen MC 64 MC
Rob Oppenheim MC 47 MC MC
Seamus Power MC MC
Jimmy Walker MC MC 60 MC
Chris Baker MC MC 56 30
Ryan Brehm MC 59
Michael Gligic MC MC MC MC
DJ Trahan MC MC
David Hearn MC 64 MC
Rhein Gibson 53 40 MC MC
Vincent Whaley MC MC MC 23
Kelly Kraft MC 60 MC 52
Ben Martin 56
Tim Wilkinson 73 MC MC MC
Peter Uihlein
Nelson Ledesma MC 68 47
JJ Spaun MC MC MC 65
Mark Anderson MC MC MC MC
Luke Donald MC MC MC
Matt Every MC MC MC MC
Shawn Stefani
KJ Choi 69 71 46
Bill Haas 42 MC MC
Grayson Murray 42 79 MC MC
Jonathan Byrd
Michael Gellerman MC MC MC 69
Martin Trainer MC Wd MC 47
Seung-Yul Noh MC MC
Greg Chalmers
Johnson Wagner MC
Kevin Chappell
Sean O`Hair MC
Roberto Castro
George McNeill
Andy Ogletree MC 46
Rafael Campos MC MC MC 52
Dominic Bozzelli
Sangmoon Bae
Ben Taylor MC MC MC 65
Akshay Bhatia MC 52
Ryan Blaum
Ricky Barnes
Jim Knous MC
Michael Kim 58 53 MC 65 MC
Hunter Mahan MC MC MC MC 67
John Senden MC MC
Matt Gogel
Kevin Stadler MC 77 MC MC
David Duval
Tom Lehman
John Daly
Bo Van Pelt 30 MC MC MC
DA Points MC
William McGirt MC MC
Kenny Pigman
Kamaiu Johnson
Kevin Hall
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dustin Johnson 32 45 2 3 41 4 2 MC 5 55
Patrick Cantlay 11 35 48 9
Daniel Berger 5 10
Paul Casey 64 2 8
Matt Kuchar 38 22 62 MC
Jason Day 4 4 2 5 11 4 MC 6
Si Woo Kim MC 4 MC 35 MC
Jordan Spieth 9 45 20 1 21 7 4 22
Will Zalatoris 68
Kevin Streelman 2 7 6 14 17 MC 40 9 63
Sebastian Munoz MC MC
Rickie Fowler MC
Adam Long MC MC
Chez Reavie 25 38 2 MC 26 MC 62 MC MC
Joel Dahmen 14 55 48
Tom Lewis
Phil Mickelson 3 1 2 65 2 19 60 1 9
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 22 26 MC MC
Brendan Steele MC MC MC
Brian Harman MC 50 20
Michael Thompson MC 10 MC MC MC 19 48
Francesco Molinari
Max Homa 14 10 MC 29 MC
Rory Sabbatini MC 72 48 MC MC MC MC MC 15
Alexander Noren 32
Jim Herman 55 MC MC 17 MC 27 MC MC
Sung Kang MC 14 MC 17 Wd 63
Matt Jones 5 53 MC 23 11 7 45 30 MC 15
Henrik Norlander 25 39 MC MC
Cameron Tringale 64 53 47 MC 13 22 61 MC
Brandt Snedeker MC MC 20 4 35 1 MC 1 MC
Chris Kirk MC MC 39 MC 61 2 MC
Andrew Landry MC MC
Tom Hoge 60 MC MC 39 41 MC
Nick Taylor 1 28 MC 10 30 MC
Harry Higgs 18
Aaron Wise 62 15
Stewart Cink 38 MC 55 21
Nate Lashley Wd 45 MC
Cameron Davis 38 59 MC
Branden Grace MC 28 20
Harold Varner MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC
Peter Malnati 11 MC 35 MC 66 MC
Charley Hoffman MC MC Wd MC MC 35 MC
Wyndham Clark 18 MC
Sam Burns
Scott Piercy 18 10 20 55 MC
Mark Hubbard MC 62 26 MC
Tyler Duncan MC 22 MC
Luke List MC MC
CT Pan MC
Troy Merritt 25 8 MC MC MC MC MC
Austin Cook MC MC MC
Maverick McNealy 5 MC
Vaughn Taylor MC MC 55 MC 1 10 MC MC 26
Keith Mitchell 32 MC 47
Min Woo Lee
Brian Stuard MC 45 MC MC MC 21 30
Brian Gay 38 7 8 MC 58 45 20 MC
Matthew NeSmith 11
Ryan Moore MC 20
Patton Kizzire
Kristoffer Ventura MC
Andrew Putnam 38 MC MC
Denny McCarthy 66
Xin Jun Zhang 64 43
Pat Perez MC MC 35 14 41 4 7 50 58 MC
Ryan Armour MC MC 20 MC 29
Will Gordon
Kyle Stanley 41 MC 61 48
Russell Knox MC 14 15 MC 27 28 MC
James Hahn MC MC 26 58 MC 29 MC 3
Jhonattan Vegas MC
Davis Riley
Jim Furyk MC 14 MC 7 35 30 40 MC
Patrick Rodgers MC MC 8
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC 21 MC 27 MC 7 63
Adam Schenk 50 45 MC
Scott Brown MC MC MC 58 MC 62 MC 30 MC
Scott Stallings MC 3 7 14 MC MC
Chase Seiffert 50
Bo Hoag MC
JB Holmes 14 MC MC 23 11 10 61 50 MC 13
Chesson Hadley 18 MC 35 MC 10 10
Sam Ryder 68
Doug Ghim MC MC
Brice Garnett MC MC 35 MC 19
Joseph Bramlett 18 40 MC
Tyler McCumber 32
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC MC
Beau Hossler 38 MC 43 MC
Fabian Gomez MC MC MC 57 MC MC MC
Kramer Hickok Wd MC
Bronson Burgoon 47 21
Josh Teater MC 45 MC MC 50 35 MC
Brandon Hagy MC 33 34
Roger Sloan MC MC
Cameron Percy MC 10 MC 57 62 MC
Hank Lebioda MC 38
Scott Harrington MC
Zack Sucher MC MC MC
Jason Dufner 62 51 MC
Wes Roach 55 MC MC 32
Nick Watney MC MC 47 14 2 MC MC 40 6
Kevin Tway 48 MC MC
Ted Potter MC MC 1 MC 16 MC
Aaron Baddeley 25 MC 55 51 54 56 12 4 6
Satoshi Kodaira MC
Sebastian Cappelen MC
Rob Oppenheim 38 47 8 MC
Seamus Power 38 MC 39
Jimmy Walker MC MC 8 55 11 21 1 3 9 9
Chris Baker 38
Ryan Brehm 68 MC
Michael Gligic 55
DJ Trahan MC 18 MC MC 40 48
David Hearn MC MC MC MC 30 21 MC
Rhein Gibson MC 68
Vincent Whaley 38
Kelly Kraft MC MC 2 MC 40
Ben Martin 25 26 MC MC MC
Tim Wilkinson 25 39 MC MC 7
Peter Uihlein MC
Nelson Ledesma MC
JJ Spaun MC MC MC
Mark Anderson MC MC MC 35
Luke Donald 55 MC 23 26
Matt Every 32 14 MC MC MC 30 MC 31
Shawn Stefani MC MC
KJ Choi MC 26 MC MC MC 39
Bill Haas MC 8
Grayson Murray MC 8 MC
Jonathan Byrd MC 22 62 51 MC MC
Michael Gellerman MC
Martin Trainer MC 28
Seung-Yul Noh 8 MC 19 69
Greg Chalmers MC MC MC MC 51 MC
Johnson Wagner MC 57 55 MC MC MC
Kevin Chappell 25 8 48 MC 18 35 MC MC 69
Sean O`Hair 50 Wd 73 MC 35 29 56 16 29 31
Roberto Castro MC 53 MC 8 MC 19 MC 50
George McNeill MC MC 52 MC MC
Andy Ogletree
Rafael Campos
Dominic Bozzelli MC MC MC MC
Sangmoon Bae MC 15 MC 61
Ben Taylor MC
Akshay Bhatia
Ryan Blaum 73 MC
Ricky Barnes MC MC 62 48 41 MC MC MC 3
Jim Knous MC
Michael Kim MC
Hunter Mahan MC MC MC MC MC 54 6 16 15 2
John Senden 67 MC MC MC
Matt Gogel
Kevin Stadler MC 45 3 25 55
David Duval Wd MC MC MC MC MC 35 MC MC 66
Tom Lehman MC
John Daly MC MC MC MC
Bo Van Pelt MC MC MC MC MC
DA Points MC MC MC 39 MC MC Dq MC 67 1
William McGirt 26 MC MC 21 MC 16 MC 31
Kenny Pigman
Kamaiu Johnson
Kevin Hall

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