This week’s PGA Tour stop combines one of the most iconic golf courses along with a star-studded field, which includes some of the top golfers in the world and, well, stars.
The 2023 edition of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tees off Thursday as part of the Tour’s West Coast swing with a full field of pros and amateur/celebrity players.
The four-day, 72-hole event is played over three courses – Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula’s Short Course and famed Pebble Beach – with the traditional stroke-play format between the PGA players and a best-ball format with each pro and his amateur partner.
Tom Hoge won last year’s event by shooting a four-round total of 19-under par, two strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth. Hoge came out of the gates firing a 9-under first-round score on the Pebble Beach course.
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Hoge will look to defend his title this week and his odds of repeating are 22-1, according to DraftKings.
FrontPageBets takes a look at some best bets for this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula.
(All odds courtesy of DraftKings and are subject to change)
The favorite: Matt Fitzpatrick (+1100)
Matt Fitzpatrick, the defending U.S. Open champion, is the highest-ranked golfer in the field, sitting at No. 10 in the World Golf Rankings.
Fitzpatrick finished tied for sixth at Pebble Beach last year and tied for 12th there in the 2019 U.S. Open.
His best finish so far this season was a T-7 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January in Hawaii.
Pick to win: Viktor Hovland (+1200)
Viktor Hovland, ranked No. 11 in the world, tied for 12th in the 2019 U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach and had a top-40 finish in 2020 at the Pro-Am event.
He hasn’t finished lower than 21st in any of his first four Tour events this season.
Top 5 pick: Seamus Power (+500)
In last year’s tournament, Seamus Power (ranked 28th in the world) led by five after 36 holes, starting off with back-to-back 64s. He finished the tournament shooting 3-over the last two days and tied for ninth.
Power has three top-five finishes this season, including winning the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at the end of October. He’s currently fifth in the FedEx Cup standings.
Top 10 pick: Jordan Spieth +175
Spieth won at Pebble Beach in 2017 and has finished in the top 10 there the past three seasons, including runner-up last year.
The three-time major champion and 13-time PGA Tour winner is currently ranked 16th in the world.
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