The Pebble Beach Pro-Am celebrates its eighty-fifth birthday this year as another crop of professional golfers and assorted celebrities descend on California. First run in 1937, the event was known for many years as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am and it attracts wider media attention than most.
Around the Hollywood sideshows, there is a serious golf tournament which was won last year by Daniel Berger who held off the challenge of Maverick McNealy by two strokes. Both men are back for 2022 and will fancy their chances in a field where many of the top players are resting. Read on for an in-depth betting preview with predictions and picks.
Patrick Cantlay is the highest ranked golfer this week and he is a clear favorite at best industry odds of 8/1. Cantlay has started 2022 strongly with two top ten finishes and he has a good record in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A perfect record of five made cuts including a tie for third 12 months ago justifies his position at the top of the market.
A gap follows to Daniel Berger, who is quoted at a general 12/1. That two-shot victory in 2021 was one of three top ten finishes at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and it might be worth noting that he has previously defended a title. Back-to-back victories in the St Jude Classic in 2016 and 2017 suggest another strong showing.
Behind the top two, Will Zalatoris heads up the list of chasers at best odds of 18/1. Having given us a top ten return at the American Express, we said that Will needed to show some consistency and he nearly came through on Sunday before losing out in a playoff. Zalatoris still needs to provide those consistent returns but he’s the form golfer coming into Thursday.
Next up, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day can both be claimed at 20/1. Spieth is a former champion of this event having won by four strokes in 2017 while Day was one of four runners-up behind Ted Potter a year later. Both have perfect records with no missed cuts at the tournament but Day has been more active since the start of the year.
Moving through the chasing pack, Maverick McNealy, Justin Rose, Cameron Tringale and Seamus Power are all available at odds of 28/1. All are in good touch and it was particularly satisfying to see Rose back in form with a tie for sixth on Sunday. Tringale and Jason Day fared even better with both men tying for third.
English golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick is a regular on the PGA Tour and he leads the list of outsiders at a general 33/1. Fitzy was handily placed after the third round here in 2021 but slumped with a Sunday 79.
Elsewhere, Kevin Streelman, Kevin Kisner and Ryan Palmer are all on offer at 40/1. Streelman was the sole runner-up behind Nick Taylor in 2020 while Kisner has the form with two top ten finishes in 2022.
Other names to consider from within this section include Brian Harman at 50/1, Mito Pereira at 50/1, Matt Kuchar at 66/1, Matt Jones at 70/1, Charley Hoffman at 70/1, Chris Kirk at 80/1 and Chez Reavie at 80/1.
Our Preview’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks
This is another tournament where multiple courses are involved. Pebble Beach Links, Spyglass Hill and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club are all in play and each one offers a different challenge. All three are relatively short – under or just above 7,000 yards. Monterey is a par 71 while the remaining two are standard par 72s.
Golfers will play the first three rounds on each course in turn. A 54-hole cut will then take place before Sunday’s final round at Pebble Beach Links.
Conditions are expected to be placid over the four days so the wind that can sometimes play a part in links golf shouldn’t have an effect. With three courses involved, it’s hard to identify the key stats needed to win. There is no great length on any of the surfaces so accuracy rather than distance will be necessary but we are essentially looking for form and a good all-rounder.
One man who knows how to win this unusual event is Daniel Berger who arrives as the defending champion. Berger has the form, he has some good statistics on the PGA Tour this season and, as we have seen, he has sealed a successful defense in the past.
We rarely go for repeat winners but this is a mixed field and the reigning champion can take advantage of the high-profile absentees. Take Daniel Berger for the win and add in three other top ten suggestions as we look to get back to winning ways this week. These are our AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am predictions and betting picks for this preview.
- Daniel Berger to win at +1400 (14/1) with Bovada. He is 12/1 with BetOnline and EveryGame.
- Top 10 Finish Picks (odds from BetOnline, who are longest on all these selections): Berger (+150), Seamus Power (+325), Kevin Kisner (+475) and Brian Harman (+550).
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