PRESENTATION – Five-time winner of the tournament, the left-hander of San Diego, 50 years old on June 16, is putting his title at stake after having just recorded a very beautiful third place in Saudi Arabia, on the European Tour.
Still in Saudi Arabia this Sunday to conclude his very lucrative getaway on the European Tour with a very nice third place at -9, Phil Mickelson puts his title at stake this week at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The San Diego left-hander holds the record for victories here in the very select Monterrey Peninsula (California). The man who will blow his 50 candles on June 16 has won five times. In 2019, he was even 48 years old the oldest winner of a tournament created in 1947 under the impulse of the actor-singer Bing Crosby, lover of golf.
Perhaps they have made the long return trip on the same plane since Dustin Johnson, only second in Saudi International, and Graeme McDowell, winner of the European Tour for the first time since 2014, are also involved. Twice victorious, in 2009 and 2010, Johnson also posted two second places and a third place in twelve starts. For the North Irishman, Pebble Beach is forever a place of legend. It was here, on the Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72 of 6,232 meters) that he won the 2010 US Open ahead of Grégory Havret. GMac also recorded some good results there during its multiple passages at the start of the year on the US circuit. Two top 10s in 2005 (8th) and in 2014 (7th). Last year, he settled for an honorable 18th place finish.
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Also to be followed is Australian Jason Day (4th in 2019), Englishman Paul Casey, winner of Pro-Am last year with Don Colleran, President and Executive Director of FedEx Express. Note that the ultimate double (victory of the tournament and Pro-Am) is the work of the American Vaughn Taylor in 2016. You will understand, this unmissable meeting of the PGA Tour disputed in a mythical setting plays in alliance. A professional and an amateur, often from the world of finance, the arts, cinema or even sports. Among them, Pascal Grizot, vice-president of the French Golf Federation (FFG). As in 2019, he will be associated with the German Alex Cejka.
The duo face three different courses in the first three laps – Spyglass Hill Golf Course (par 72 of 6,358 meters), Monterrey Peninsula Country Club (par 71 of 6,362 meters) and Pebble Beach Golf Links – before finishing in style at Pebble Beach host of the 2019 US Open picked up by the American Gary Woodland. To achieve this, it will be necessary to finish in the top 25. And this even if the pro were to miss the cut on Saturday evening…
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (PGA Tour) – $ 7,800,000 endowment (€ 7,066,212 endowment)
Players to watch
Phil Mickelson (USA), Daniel Berger (USA), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp), Patrick Cantlay (USA), Paul Casey (Ang), Jason Day (Aus), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Ang), Branden Grace (AfS), Chesson Hadley (USA), JB Holmes (USA), Max Homa (USA), Mark Hubbard (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Kevin Kisner (USA), Russell Knox (Eco), Matt Kuchar (USA), Nate Lashley (USA), Adam Long (USA), Graeme McDowell (IdN), Kevin Na (USA), Scott Piercy (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA), Scott Stallings (USA ), Kevin Streelman (USA), Vaughn Taylor (USA), Jimmy Walker (USA).
To follow the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (PGA Tour) on TV:
Thursday February 6, 1st round: 9:00 p.m. (Golf +); 1:05 am (Canal + Sport)
Friday February 7, 2nd round: 9:00 p.m. (Golf +); 01:25 (Canal + Sport)
Saturday February 8, 3rd round: 7:00 p.m. (Golf +); 01:25 (Canal + Sport)
Sunday February 9, 4th round: 7:00 p.m. (Golf +)