2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Media Notes
Dates: February 3-9, 2014
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)
Format: 72-hole stroke play
FedExCup points: 500 to the winner
Purse: $6,600,000 ($1,188,000)
Defending Champion: Brandt Snedeker
A look back at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Brandt Snedeker picked up his fifth PGA TOUR victory at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, carding a final-round 7-under 65 for a two-stroke win over Chris Kirk. Snedeker also won the Pro-Am portion of the event (paired with fellow Vanderbilt alum Toby S. Wilt, marking just the ninth time in tournament history that a player has won the individual and pro-am team title in the same year and the first since 2011 (D.A. Points and Bill Murray).
More on Brandt Snedeker’s win in 2013
- Earned 5th career PGA TOUR win at the age of 32 years, 2 months and 2 days in his 171st career start.
- Now owns six PGA TOUR wins: 2007 Wyndham Championship, 2011 RBC Heritage, 2012 Farmers
Insurance Open, 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am,
2013 RBC Canadian Open.
- Prior to 2013, best finish in five starts at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was T21 (2010).
- Set 72-hole low total record at the event with 267, breaking the record of 268 set by Mark O’Meara (1997) and later matched by Phil Mickelson (2007).
- First winner at Pebble Beach to post all four rounds in the 60s since Vijay Singh (2004).
- Became first player to follow up two consecutive runner-up finishes (Farmers Insurance Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open) with a win in the span of three weeks since Fred Couples in 1992.
- T11 at Hyundai Tournament of Champions the best of his six starts this seasonSelect Player Notes
- Owns eight top-10 finishes in 18 starts at the event, including four wins (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012).
- 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.
- Has at least one win for a TOUR-leading 10 consecutive seasons (2004-13). Dustin Johnson is second on the list, with wins in his last seven years (2008-14).
- Only wire-to-wire winner in AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am history (2005).Graeme McDowell
- Partnering with his father Kenny as he makes his first appearance at Pebble Beach since capturing the U.S. Open on Father’s Day in 2010.
- Captured the 2013 RBC Heritage in a playoff over Webb Simpson and made his first-ever appearance at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
· Making second start of the 2013-14 season, having finished third at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in October.
· In three previous starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, best result was eighth in 2005.Jordan Spieth
- Voted PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 2013 after becoming youngest player since Ralph Guidahl in 1931 to
win on the PGA TOUR at the John Deere Classic.
- Finished second at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January and held the 36-hole lead at the
Farmers Insurance Open before settling for T19.
- In his inaugural appearance at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last year, recorded rounds of 70-70-68-70 to finish T22.Dustin Johnson
- Two-time AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner (2009, 2010).
- Eight career wins are the most by players currently in their 20s.
- Has won at least one time in each of the last seven seasons (2008-14), second only to Phil Mickelson (10).
- In six starts at the event, owns four top-10 finishes (MC-2013, T5-2012, T55-2011, 1-2010, 1-2009, T7-2008).Jimmy Walker
- Two-time 2013-14 winner earned first TOUR win up the road last fall at the Frys.com Open contested at
CordeValle GC in San Martin.
- Won the Sony Open in Hawaii in early January and is currently leading the FedExCup standings.Kevin Stadler
- The TOUR’s newest winner will be making his eighth start at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, with last year’s T3 finish his career-best at the event.
- By virtue of his win in Phoenix, Kevin and Craig Stadler (a 13-time winner) became the ninth father-son combo to win on the PGA TOUR. Jay and Bill Haas were the last to perform the feat.
- This season will mark what is believed to be the first time a father and son have teed it up in the same year at the Masters Tournament.
- With his win, moved to No. 7 in the FedExCup standings.Additional Player Notes
- 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley makes his sixth career start at Pebble Beach and his first since 2009. The four-time European Tour winner is the first-ever native of Ireland to serve as Europe’s
- Several local favorites, including five-time TOUR winner and former Fresno State standout Nick Watney, who will make his 11th start at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, with a T6 in 2011 his best outing.
- Sponsor exemption Max Homa, who turned professional last fall after winning the NCAA Men’s Individual title last year at Cal, will be making his fourth professional PGA TOUR start of 2013-14. Homa’s best start of the previous three was T9 at the Frys.com Open last October. Homa is a member of the Web.com Tour in 2014.
- After missing last year’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the first time since he made his first start in 1986, two-time (2001, 2003) champion Davis Love III returns for his 27th start at the event. In addition to his two wins, he finished T3 in 1995, one of seven top-10 finishes.
- 2011 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk will begin his 21st season on TOUR this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It will be his 18th start at the tournament, with T3 in 1998 the best of his four top 10s.
- Jason Day owns bookend sixth-place finishes in four starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (6th- 2008, T14-2009, T46-2010, 6th-2013).
- Among the unrestricted sponsor exemptions is Kiradech Aphibarnrat, winner of the 2013 Asian Tour’s Order of Merit on the strength of a victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open, a co-sanctioned event between the Asian Tour and the European Tour. Last fall, Aphibarnnrat finished T3 at the CIMB Classic for his best-ever PGA TOUR finish.The Field by the numbers
- Winners during the 2013-14 season: Jimmy Walker (2), Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Patrick Reed, Kevin Stadler.
- Former AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champions Brandt Snedeker (2013), Phil Mickelson (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012), D.A. Points (2011), Dustin Johnson (2009, 2010), Vijay Singh (2004), Davis Love III (2001, 2003).
- 14 of the top 30 in the FedExCup standings: Jimmy Walker (1), Chris Kirk (3), Kevin Stadler (7), Dustin Johnson (8), Patrick Reed (9), Jason Bohn (14), Ryan Palmer (18), Jordan Spieth (19), Charley Hoffman (21), Pat Perez (22), Scott Brown (23), Brendon Todd (25), Vijay Singh (26), Will MacKenzie (30).
- Seven players in the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking: Phil Mickelson (4), Jason Day (10), Dustin Johnson (12), Graeme McDowell (15), Jordan Spieth (16), Brandt Snedeker (17), Jim Furyk (21).
- Players with at least eight TOUR wins: Phil Mickelson (42), Vijay Singh (34), Davis Love III (20), Jim Furyk (16), David Duval (13), Stuart Appleby (9), K.J. Choi (8), Lee Janzen (8), Dustin Johnson (8), Mike Weir (8).More On the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
- 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).
- 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).
- Since 1987, just five 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, 2013-Brandt Snedeker.
- 2013 runner-up Chris Kirk is seeking his second win of the season (McGladrey Classic).
- 2012 runner-up Charlie Wi won the 1990 California State Amateur at Pebble Beach.Last week to qualify for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
- One week remains for players to move into the top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and solidify their position in the field for the 2014 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
- The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and Joburg Open, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour, are the final tournaments for players to earn OWGR points and punch their tickets to the Accenture Match Play Championship, which returns to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., February 17-23.
- Only six players between No. 55-No. 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking are playing in official events this week. Players looking to hold onto a spot in the Accenture Match Play Championship are Kevin Stadler (No. 57, AT&T) and Richard Sterne (No. 64, Joburg). Players looking to move inside the top 64 with a good performance this week are Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No. 66, AT&T), Bo Van Pelt (No. 73, AT&T), George Coetzee (No. 74, Joburg) and
D.A. Points (No. 75, AT&T).