AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Tournament Notes 2016

ATT Pebble Beachb2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Tournament Notes

Dates: February 8-14, 2016
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): 34-37—71 (6,914)
Field: 156
Format: 72-hole stroke play
FedExCup points: 500 to the winner
Purse: $7,000,000 ($1,260,000)
Defending Champion: Brandt Snedeker
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31st year as title sponsor for AT&T

  • AT&T enters its 31st year as title sponsor of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2016, having served as title sponsor since 1986.
  • The only event with a longer-running sponsorship is The Honda Classic, with Honda having been the title sponsor since 1982.

This week in FedExCup history

  • The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has played a significant role in the FedExCup, the PGA TOUR’s season-long competition now in its 10th year.
  • In 2010, Dustin Johnson won his second consecutive AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title and moved to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career.
    • He would hold the No. 1 spot for four consecutive weeks and finish the season fifth in the FedExCup standings.
    • Johnson has qualified for the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola seven consecutive years dating back to 2009.

A look back at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

  • With a final-round 5-under 67, Brandt Snedeker prevailed by three strokes over runner-up Nick Watney to win the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
  • His 22-under 265 winning score supplanted the previous 72-hole record of 19-under 267 that he set in 2013.
  • With his win, Snedeker extended the stretch of American-born players to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to 11 years. The last international winner of the event was Vijay Singh in 2004.
  • Here’s a look at Snedeker’s eight PGA TOUR victories: 2007 Wyndham Championship, 2011 RBC Heritage, 1212 Farmers Insurance Open, 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 2013 RBC Canadian Open, 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 2016 Farmers Insurance Open.

2015 Final Professional Leaderboard

  • Brandt Snedeker 64-67-67-67—265 (-22)
  • Nick Watney 65-69-65-69—268 (-19)
  • Charlie Beljan 70-63-70-66—269 (-18)

2015 Final Pro-Am Leaderboard

  • Pat Perez/Michael Lund 42-under 245
  • Brandt Snedeker/Toby S. Wilt 40-under 247

More on Brandt Snedeker’s win in 2015

  • Earned seventh career PGA TOUR win at age of 34 years, 2 months, 7 days in his 221st career TOUR start
  • Will seek to become the first repeat winner of the event since Dustin Johnson (2009-10).
  • Lone bogey of the week came at the par-4 third hole at Pebble Beach in round three.
  • Three-stroke win was the largest margin of victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since Dustin Johnson won by four strokes in 2009 (rain-shortened to 54 holes).
  • With his win, became the Web.com Tour’s 400th graduate to find victory on the PGA TOUR
  • Won in his eighth start at the event. Aside from his 2013 and 2015 wins, his highest finish is T21 in 2010.
  • Became the fourth winner in the last five years to have emerged after playing Pebble Beach in rounds three and four. In 2014, Jimmy Walker played Monterey Peninsula Country Club in round three.
  • With the win, became the seventh player since 2000 to come from behind in the final round to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The last to do so was Phil Mickelson in 2012.

A glance at the field

  • Eight out of the top 15 in the FedExCup standings: Brandt Snedeker (2), Russell Knox (3), Kevin Na (4), Jason Dufner (9), Emiliano Grillo (11), Jason Bohn (12), Jordan Spieth (13), David Lingmerth (15).
  • • Six players in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking: Jordan Spieth (1), Jason Day (3), Bubba Watson (6), Justin Rose (7), Dustin Johnson (8), Patrick Reed (9).
  • Five winners during the 2015-16 season: Russell Knox (WGC-HSBC Champions), Peter Malnati (Sanderson Farms Championship), Jordan Spieth (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Jason Dufner (Career Builder Challenge), Brandt Snedeker (Farmers Insurance Open).
  • Former AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am champions: Brandt Snedeker (2013, 2015), Jimmy Walker (2014), Phil Mickelson (1998, 2005, 2007, 2012), D.A. Points (2011), Dustin Johnson (2009, 2010), Vijay Singh (2004), Davis Love III (2001, 2003).
  • Players with at least nine TOUR wins: Phil Mickelson (42), Vijay Singh (34), Davis Love III (21), David Duval (13), David Toms (13), Steve Stricker (12), Dustin Johnson (9).
  • Fifteen Major Championship winners, including multiple winners Phil Mickelson (5), Padraig Harrington (3), Vijay Singh (3), Jordan Spieth (2), Bubba Watson (2).

Additional player notes

  • AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am defending champion Brandt Snedeker won the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago with a final-round 69 on a day the stroke average for the field was 77.901. The six-stroke comeback was the second time Snedeker had overcome such a deficit in the final round to win the Farmers Insurance Open (2012). With the victory, the 2013 FedExCup champion moved to second in the FedExCup standings and 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking (he’s now 14th in OWGR).
  • After missing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the first time in 19 years last year, Phil Mickelson returns in search of his fifth title on the Monterey Peninsula.
  • Two-time AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner Dustin Johnson owns six top-10 finishes in eight starts at the event (T7-2008, Won-2009, Won-2010, T5-2012, T2-2014, T4-2015). Has won at least one time in each of the last eight seasons (2008-15), the best streak on TOUR.
  • World No. 1 and 2015 FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth will make his fourth start at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with top-10 finishes in his last two starts (T22-2013, T4-2014, T7-2015).
  • Jason Day owns three sixth-place finishes or better in six starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (6th-2008, T14-2009, T46-2010, 6th-2013, T64-2014, T4-2015).
  • Several local favorites, including five-time TOUR winner and former Fresno State standout Nick Watney, who will make his 13th start at the event, with a runner-up finish in 2015, T6 in 2011 and T7 in 2006 his best outings.
  • Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will be making his 30th start (29 official) at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with victories in 2001 and 2003.

The Celebrities

  • Chris Berman – Sportscaster, ESPN
  • Carson Daly – Television host, Radio Personality
  • Josh Donaldson – Professional Baseball, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Tom Dreesen – Comedian
  • Josh Duhamel – Actor
  • Larry Fitzgerald – Professional Football, Arizona Cardinals
  • Colt Ford – Musician
  • Kenny G – Saxophonist, Entertainer
  •  Andy Garcia – Actor/Director
  • Larry the Cable Guy – Actor/Comedian
  • Wayne Gretzky – Former Professional Hockey
  • Jim Harbaugh – Head Football Coach, University of Michigan
  • Toby Keith – Country Music singer
  • Thomas Keller – Chef
  • Huey Lewis – Musician
  • Gary Mule Deer – Comedian
  • Kunal Nayyar – Actor
  • Chris O’Donnell – Acto
  • Jake Owen – Musician
  • Alfonso Ribeiro – Actor
  • Aaron Rodgers – Professional Football, Green Bay Packers
  • Ray Romano – Actor/Comedian
  • Joe Don Rooney – Musician, Rascal Flatts
  • Kelly Slater – Professional Surfer
  • Alex Smith – Professional Football, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Justin Timberlake – Entertainer
  • Mark Wahlberg – Actor
  • Clay Walker – Musician
  • Steve Young – Former Professional Football Player

Worth noting

  • When Dustin Johnson won the 2009 and 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach 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).
  • 2013 and 2015 champion Brandt Snedeker holds the two-lowest 72-hole scoring records a 22-under 265 winning total in 2015 and a 72-hole total of 267 in 2013. The previous mark of 268 was set by Mark O’Meara (1997) and later matched by Phil Mickelson (2007).
  • In 2013, 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).
  • 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.
  • Nine 72-hole winners (eight players) of the AT&T Pebble Beach 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).

SOURCE: PGA TOUR

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