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Heralded Pebble Beach Pro-Am resumes Tour play this weekend

Jordan Spieth poses with his trophy on the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The most scenic course on the PGA Tour, the three-course rotation at the Pebble Beach Prom-Am will provide an exciting weekend and bring about a lot of fun for golfers.

This weekend will be one to watch with celebrities mixing with PGA Tour players to provide an interesting weekend of golf for fans of all pop culture realms.

The Courses

This weekend, there will be a three-course rotation where the tournament will be played. Between Spyglass Hill, Monterrey Peninsula Country Club and Pebble Beach, the scenery and play should provide an enjoyable weekend for anyone involved with the tournament.

All three provide a fun and interestingly quirky event and should at least provide for scores that are respectable and won’t make it a laughing stock.

The Field/Feature Groups

*Note: Groups are the same but the times vary. Time listed is the players’ tee times for Thursday.

11:11 AM ET: Patrick Reed, Paul Casey (10th tee, Pebble Beach): Reed is one of the favorites for the weekend in my opinion and can make some noise in a pretty loaded field. Casey isn’t necessarily a tag along but he isn’t someone I expect to make a lot of noise. Reed makes this group.

11:22 AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson (1st tee, Spyglass Hill): This is obviously far and away the best pairing of the weekend. Spieth is the No. 3 player on Tour and the champion of the event last year. He won’t be happy after missing the cut last weekend. Johnson is the world’s No. 1 and has back to back wins here in 2009 and 2010. He will be gunning for a win after he absolutely annihilated the field at Kapalua to open the year. They both have a prominent celebrity they will be playing with. Johnson will play with Wayne Gretzky (Johnson’s wife is Wayne’s daughter, Paulina) and Spieth is playing with country music star Jake Owen.

11:55 AM ET: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy (1st tee, Spyglass Hill): Mickelson is struggling to win on Tour in the past couple of seasons but Pebble Beach provides him with a chance to win as he’s taken home the trophy four times. McIlroy is playing his first event in 2018 and is looking to reassert himself among the Spieth’s and Johnson’s of the world after his dominance following Tiger Woods’ leave from the Tour. I bet at least one of these two is in the top-10 following Thursday.

For those unaware, this event always provides a chance for celebrities to play with these guys as you can see with Spieth and Johnson. Among those participating are former Pittsburgh Panther Larry Fitzgerald, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Darius Rucker and Justin Verlander. Previously, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have played in the event. It has star power from both on and off the Tour.

Defending Champion

As previously mentioned, Spieth picked up the victory last year with a 19-under 268 which won by four shots over second place Kelly Kraft.

He only had two birdies and shot his worst round of the weekend on Sunday but it didn’t stop him from running out to the four-shot lead and inevitably taking home the title.

Spieth played with Owen last year and the pairing finished T-3 in the pairing standings. Ken Duke and Carson Daly were the pairing winners grabbing $100,000.

News/Notes

  • This will be Dustin Johnson’s first appearance since winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. Johnson has 11-2 odds of winning as he truly is just on another level compared to the rest of the players on Tour.
  • Spieth missed his first cut since May 2017 last weekend at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Over his next five events last year after the missed cut, he finished first twice and T-2 once as well.
  • We can expect a lot of fun to come out of this tournament as the celebrities will be in full swing. Let’s see who can win the overall rankings this year.

Prediction

After my failed pick of Hideki Matsuyama last week, I’m now 2-for-5 on the season. This week, I am taking Dustin Johnson to win. It’s just too hard to pick against him with the level he has played at over the past year in taking the No. 1 spot by the horns.

Last year’s winner, Spieth, will absolutely compete and is probably the other favorite in this tournament. Had Spieth been putting the ball better than he has this season, I’d have taken him, and only him, over Johnson this weekend. But Spieth has been so bad with the putter in his hand so far this season to pick him.

The overall pairings, however, I will take Spieth and Owen to avenge last season’s T-3 and win as I believe the pair can overcome last season’s shortcomings and take home the bonus giving Spieth a consolation for his top-3 finish this weekend.

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