2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Media Notes

imageDates: February 4-10, 2013
Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host) Par (Yards): 36-36—72 (6,816) Spyglass Hill Golf Course Par (Yards): 36-36—72 (6,953) Monterey Peninsula CC, Shore Course Par (Yards): 35-35—70 (6,838)
Field: 156 Format: 72-hole stroke play FedExCup points: 500 to the winner Purse: $6,500,000 ($1,170,000) Defending Champion: Phil Mickelson

A look back at 2012
Paired with Tiger Woods in the final round, Phil Mickelson’s 8-under 64 led to a two-stroke win over Charlie Wi at the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was Mickelson’s 40th win on the PGA TOUR, moving him into ninth all-time on the TOUR wins list. Woods limped home with a 75 to finish T15.

More on Mickelson

  • Owns eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts at the event, including four wins.
  • Owns 13 career PGA TOUR wins in California, second behind Tiger Woods’ 14 among active players.
  • Leader among active players with PGA TOUR victories at multiple-course events with 13, followed by Tiger Woods (12). Here’s a breakdown of Mickelson’s multiple-course wins: 4—AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; 3—Chrysler Classic of Tucson; 3—Farmers Insurance Open; 2—Humana Challenge; 1—HP Byron Nelson Championship.
  • With his win in 2012, Mickelson moved into second all-time with four victories at the event, trailing only “Prince of Pebble Beach” Mark O’Meara (5). Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller are three-time winners.
  • Wire-to-wire ictory at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open gives him at least one win for a TOUR-leading 10 consecutive seasons. Dustin Johnson is second on the list, with wins in his last six years.
  • Only wire-to-wire winner in AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am history (2005).

    A look at the field

  • Four-time AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner Phil Mickelson (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012).
  • Two-time AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner Dustin Johnson (2009, 2010), whose seven career wins are the most by players currently in their 20s.
  • Several local favorites, including five-time TOUR winner and former Fresno State standout Nick Watney, who will make his 10th start at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, with a T6 in 2011 his best outing.
  • Former AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champs Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, D.A. Points, Vijay Singh.
  • Three of the top-5 players in the FedExCup standings, including #1 Brandt Snedeker, #3 Phil Mickelson and #4 Dustin Johnson.
  • 2011 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk will begin his 20th season on TOUR this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It will be his 17th start at the tournament, with T3 in 1998 the best of his four top 10s.
  • World No. 8 Lee Westwood will be making just his second appearance at the event (T62 in 2005).
  • Rookie Scott Langley, a 23-year-old native of Barrington, Illinois, will be making his first start at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The 2010 NCAA champion teamed with Dana Quigley to win the Pro-Junior division of The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in 2006. He holds the distinction as the first former active participant of The First Tee program to earn a PGA TOUR card. Langley sits 18th in the FedExCup standings thanks to a T3 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
  • Rookie James Hahn, who considered quitting the game last year before rallying to finish No. 5 on the Web.com Tour money list, is a former Cal golfer who worked for an advertising agency in his hometown of Alameda, Calif. He earned his realtor’s license and sold shoes at Nordstrom while pursuing his dream of playing the PGA TOUR. Hahn has yet to miss a cut in 2013, with T4 at the Humana Challenge his best finish.
  • Three of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking: #6 Brandt Snedeker, #8 Lee Westwood, #10 Phil Mickelson.

    The celebrities

  • Actors – Bill Murray, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Chris O’Donnell, Oliver Hudson, Josh Duhamel; Murray, who began playing the event in 1992, won (with D.A. Points) for the first time in 2011, topping his previous-best finish in 2005 (fourth with Scott Simpson). He became the first entertainer to win since Kenny G (with Phil Mickelson) in 2001.
  • Comedians – Tom Dreesen, Gary Mule Deer, Jackie Flynn
  • Musicians – Darius Rucker, Clay Walker, Huey Lewis, Charles Kelley, Kenny G, Jake Owen
  • Television personalities – Fox News’ Bret Baier, talk-show host Carson Daly, CNBC anchor Joe Kernen.
  • Sports personalities – New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, hockey great Wayne Gretzky, San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain, tennis star Andy Roddick, surfer Kelly Slater, Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, ESPN’s Chris Berman, former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Harris Barton, race car driver Rubens Barrichello.

    Worth noting

  • When Dustin Johnson won the 2009 and 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am titles, he became the first player in 20 years to win the event in consecutive years. The others: Sam Snead (1937, 1938); Cary Middlecoff (1955, 1956); Jack Nicklaus (1972, 1973); Tom Watson (1977, 1978); Mark O’Meara (1989, 1990).
  • Nine 72-hole winners (eight players) of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am held at least a share of the lead for all four rounds – Dustin Johnson (2010), Phil Mickelson (2005 and 2007), Tom Shaw (1970) Bert Yancey (1970), Lloyd Mangrum (1953), Jimmy Demaret (1952), Lloyd Mangrum (1948) and Ed Oliver (1940).
  • Field includes nine players with seven or more TOUR wins, including Phil Mickelson (39) Vijay Singh (34), Jim Furyk (16), David Duval (13), Stuart Appleby (9), Lee Janzen (8), Mike Weir (8), Retief Goosen (7) and Dustin Johnson (7).
  • Six players since 1970 earned their first win at this event: John Cook (1981), Steve Jones (1988), Brett Ogle (1993), Matt Gogel (2002), Arron Oberholser (2006), D.A. Points (2011).
  • D.A. Points and actor/comedian Bill Murray won the Pro-Am competition in 2011. Since 1987, just four champions have also won the Pro-Am portion of the event: 2006-Arron Oberholser, 2007-Phil Mickelson, 2009-Dustin Johnson (T1, 54-hole event), 2011-D.A. Points.
  • 2012 runner-up Charlie Wi won the 1990 California State Amateur at Pebble Beach.
  • Retief Goosen will be making his first start of the season at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. In two previous starts, he finished third in 2009 and missed the cut in 2010.

    Source: PGA Tour

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