A big congratulations to Gary Woodland on winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open this past weekend. It is great to see him get a victory after dealing with he and his wife dealt with the loss of their unborn twin baby last year.
This week we are headed back up the west coast to Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula in California. This event is a Pro Am so get ready for the 6 hour+ rounds to jam up the course with celebrity golfers. I will be reeling back on my typical amount I have in play this week, just because it can be harder for guys to focus due to the format. Golfers will be playing 3 courses (Monterey, Spyglass and Pebble Beach) and have a cut after the third round on Saturday. All 3 courses are par 72 and relatively short, the longest being Spyglass at just under 7,000 yards.
Last year in 2017 we had Jordan Spieth win by 4 strokes over Kelly Kraft. The fellow AT&T sponsor edged out Dustin Johnson, Snedeker and Jason Day as well who placed in the top 5. Weather can be an issue on the Monterey Peninsula so we will be keeping a close eye on it throughout the week.
2017: Jordan Spieth -19
2016: Vaughn Taylor -17
2015: Brandt Snedeker -22
2014: Jimmy Walker -11
2013: Brandt Snedeker -19
Monterey Penisula CC – 6,958 yards / Par 72
The Monterey course comes in the longest at 6,958 yards and is the easiest of the three courses this week. As with the other courses, the greens are Poa Annua so putting is not quite as consistent. The green sizes on Monterey are the largest as well coming in at 6,000 square feet per futureoffantasy.com.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course – 6,953 yards / Par 72
The Spyglass course is the hardest of the three courses this week. The green sizes come in at 5,000 square feet but it is the dense tree lines that outline the fairways making the course more difficult. There is undulation and changes in elevation throughout Spyglass, so setting up your second shot is important and the approach coming into the greens.
Pebble Beach Golf Links – 6,816 yards / Par 72
Pebble Beach Golf Links is the host course so there will be 2 rounds played here. This course has the smallest greens at 3,500 square feet but is also the shortest in terms of yardage. Ball strikers will tend to better with the smaller greens on their approach shots, and scrambling will be important. Many players will elect to use woods or irons off the tee as well with the shorter holes.
Key Stats Ranked
- SG: App
- Approach <150 yards
- Good Drive %