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Pebble Beach Pro Am 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner20/1Paddy Power
Matt Jones (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Stan James
JJ Spaun (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Stan James

Venue

The PGA Tour is back in California this week for the Pebble Beach Pro Am, which is staged at 3 courses – Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula and the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links which hosts the final round on Sunday. The event has been running since 1937 when it was hosted by Bing Crosby, and it features a cast of celebrities playing alongside the sport’s top stars. There was a huge shock at last year’s tournament, as Vaughn Taylor claimed his first PGA Tour victory in a decade after three years in the wilderness of the Web.com tour. Brandt Snedeker claimed his second title in three years in 2015, while Phil Mickelson has won here 4 times. Other previous champions include Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson (twice) and, way back in 2000, Tiger Woods.

Favourites

Dustin Johnson has an excellent record at this tournament and the 2009 and 2010 champion is the 8/1 favourite with most bookies – just ahead of the in-form Jordan Spieth at 9/1. Like Johnson, Jason Day missed the cut on his most recent outing at the Farmers Insurance Open and he will be looking to bounce back here at odds of 12/1. Justin Rose, who has finished second and fourth on his two appearances this year, is at 16/1 with Betfair, while double champion Snedeker and 4-time champion Phil Mickelson are both 20/1 with Paddy Power, who are offering 7 places each-way.

Tips

Phil MickelsonFollowing his traditional three-month break PHIL MICKELSON has made a steady start to his year, placing 21st, 14th and 16th at his three events – building up nicely for his 22nd tilt at this particular title. Some players find the pro-am format a distraction, but Lefty appears to revel in it and along with his four victories he has also recorded five other top 10 finishes, including being runner-up to Taylor last year. Hoover up that 20/1 with the 7 places each-way.

Matt-Jones-GolferWe’ll also take a chance on an outsider in MATT JONES – another who has played well here over the years. The Australian was 11th last year, 7th in 2015 and has been in the top 15 in four of the last six editions. His results this season may be mixed, but he finished 36th in Phoenix on his first outing of the year and looks a decent each-way punt at the best odds of 125/1 with Bet365Betfred or Stan James – the last of which are offering 6 places instead of 5.

JJ-SPAUNJJ SPAUN is not a name that will be familiar to many casual golf fans, but the 26-year-old rookie from Los Angeles appears to be finding his feet on the PGA Tour after securing his card last year. Spaun, who won once and was runner-up twice on the Web.com Tour in 2016, made a slow start to the season but has come good in the last month. He is an aggregate of 30-under-par for his last three events, finishing ninth at the Farmers and fourth in Phoenix.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner20/1Paddy Power
Matt Jones (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Stan James
JJ Spaun (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Stan James