With no NFL and the NHL schedule grinding to a halt for the All-Star break this week, it’s slim pickings for bettors looking for action. Fear not, the PGA Tour is coming to the rescue with a star-studded field for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course will jointly host the annual event, which will boast several of the top golfers in the World Golf Rankings, including Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, and several others.
The field will be playing for a $ 20 million purse with the winner taking home $3.6 million.
Forecasts are calling for rainy and windy conditions throughout the tournament, which should make things even more challenging for the impressive field.
Top Canadians in the field
Nick Taylor: +7500. Taylor has the shortest odds of any Canadian in the field, and we’re getting some great value on a former champion of the event. Taylor claimed the Pebble Beach title in 2020, his second PGA Tour victory, with a score of 19-under par. He also has two top-10 career finishes at the event and is a great sleeper pick this year.
Corey Conners: +8000. It hasn’t been an ideal start to the season for Conners, who finished T33 at The Sentry and T57 at the Sony Open.
Adam Hadwin: +9000. Hadwin is coming off a T6 performance at The American Express. He also finished T14 at The Sentry. He’s +105 to finish in the top 30 here.
Adam Svensson: +12500. He’s played in three events already this year, with his best finish coming at the Sony Open (T30).
Mackenzie Hughes: +15000. Hughes finished last season strong with a pair of top-10 finishes, but he finished T64 at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open.
Nick Taylor to finish as top Canadian
Three golfers to back
Xander Schauffele: +1400. He’ll be playing in his own backyard in California and he’s one of the hottest players on tour to start the 2024 season with three consecutive top-10 finishes and a top-five result. He only has one career start at this particular tournament, a missed cut in 2017. However, he did finish tied for third at the 2019 U.S. Open that was hosted at Pebble Beach. The greens average 3,500 square feet at Pebble Beach, making them the tiniest on Tour. Schauffele ranked third in Shots Gained: Approach-The-Green statistics last season and should fare well here. Hitting greens in regulation is even more important at Pebble than on other tracks on the Tour.
Max Homa: +1400. Another Californian should be in the mix on Sunday. Four of Homa’s six PGA Tour wins have come within the confines of his home state and he has three straight top-15 finishes at this tournament. Homa has never won this event, but his impressive short game bodes well here. Homa finished third in putting average, seventh in putts per round, ninth in one-putt %, and 15th in scrambling on Tour last season.
Beau Hossler: +5500. We’ll go with another Californian for a longshot pick this week. Hossler is fresh off a T6 at the Farmers Insurance Open last week and he’s played Pebble well in recent history. He finished T11 last year, one year after posting a third-place finish at the event. Last week at Torrey Pines, Hossler was 11th in the field for SG: putting, 14th on approach, 22nd in scrambling, and 17th for greens in regulation. It might be a stretch to wager on him as an outright winner, but consider a top-10 finish at +500 or a more modest -110 for a top-30 finish.
Beau Hossler top-30 finish