Traditional Pro Am events may have taken a hit in the current sporting climate but this week’s tournament is a welcome exception. While there have been some tweaks to the 2021 Pebble Beach Pro Am event, it will be recognizable to most followers and it has drawn a strong field for this year.
A few of the bigger names are missing but the 2021 edition of this event is notable for the return to the Tour of the world’s number one golfer.
Last time out we tipped Justin Thomas to claim the Phoenix Open and he remained in strong contention before fading on the final day. Let’s see if we can get back to winning ways with our Pebble Beach predictions as we head across to California.
In the last absence of Dustin Johnson, the favorite is Patrick Cantlay, quoted at a best of 7/1. Cantlay has made the cut in four previous visits to Pebble Beach but has a modest best finish of a tie for 11th so it is current form that puts him in second place in the market.
Following on, we have Daniel Berger and Paul Casey who are both available at 14/1 in places. Casey has also enjoyed recent success on the European Tour and was a runner up to Phil Mickelson here two years ago.
Berger tied for fifth in this tournament last year but missed the cut last week so isn’t in the greatest of form.
Moving through the chasers and we have Will Zalatoris, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth all at 20/1. Spieth threatened to end his long trophy drought at TPC Scottsdale in a challenge that included a brilliant 61 and it was good to see glimpses of his best. He has also won the Pebble Beach Pro Am, back in 2017, so could this be the week he finally returns to the winners’ enclosure?
Day was a runner up here in 2018 while Zalatoris also showed good form last week so there is a clear threat behind the market leaders. Other names to consider within the chasing pack include Francesco Molinari at 25/1 and Si Woo Kim at 30/1. Molinari, like Jordan Spieth, is also showing flashes of his best golf but is making his tournament debut this week.
Max Homa, Sam Burns and Cameron Davis head up the outside bunch with all three men on offer at an industry best of 40/1. Of the three, Homa carries a higher status in this week’s Power Rankings and is an improver with two top 15 finishes in this tournament over the last two years. A regular at this event, he is one to watch in the top 10 finish betting odds markets.
Moving through the pack, last year’s runner up Kevin Streelman is next at 45/1 followed by Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Brian Harman who are all at 50/1. While all four could challenge, there should be serious interest in Lefty Mickelson who is the all-time earnings leader at Pebble Beach. He is a five-time champion with that fifth victory landing as recently as 2019.
In a strong declaration, other golfers to consider might include Matt Jones at 66/1, Chez Reavie at 80/1 and the Pebble Beach Pro Am defending champion Nick Taylor at 90/1.
Our Preview’s Pebble Beach Pro Am Predictions & Picks Opinion with Course & Betting Trends
The Pebble Beach Pro Am has remained on the schedule but it has been forced to make some changes. This year there will be just two courses in play instead of the usual three so we will be focusing on Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Both are fairly regulation courses with par 72s in play while Pebble Beach can carry classic links golf challenges with a threat of wind throughout the tournament.
We usually say that we are looking for a good all-rounder in a split-course tournament and this week is no exception. Favorite Patrick Cantlay has the all-round game to succeed.
The value might just lie in the top 10 finish markets but we will go with Cantlay as the outright pick. These are our Pebble Beach Pro Am predictions:
- Patrick Cantlay to win @ best odds +700 (7/1) with Bovada, BetOnline, Intertops.
- Max Homa (best at +400 with BetOnline), Paul Casey (+175 BetOnline) and Chez Reavie (+700 BetOnline) for top 10 finishes.
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