AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners And Tournament History

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners and Tournament History

The tournament currently known as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has been a fixture on tour since it began in 1937 as the National Pro-Amateur Golf Championship. The Pro Am was founded and hosted by crooner Bing Crosby, who thought it would be a nice idea to pair some skilled amateurs with the pros where were on the West Coast leg of their travelling road show. For the first tournament, Bing donated $3,000 for the purse, of which the winner, Sam Snead took home $700. Snead reportedly asked for cash.

Crosby’s Clambake, as the event came to be known, was interrupted for World War II but returned in 1947 on the Monterey Peninsula at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The change of venue was the work of Monterey civic leaders, who thought the event would help boost tourism. Crosby was named an honorary police chief for the event.

Bing’s star power, and the Hollywood crowd that gravitated to the tournament turned it into a media event. The Crosby Clambake was broadcast on television for the first time in 1958, making it one of the longest running sports events on television. (More photos of Bing Crosby At The Pebble Beach Pro-Am)

The importance of the Clambake to the popularization of golf cannot be understated. Bing was a music superstar, and in 1948 it was estimated that half of all radio airtime was dedicated to his music. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was routinely listed in polls as the man most admired. He won an Academy Award in 1948 for his role in Going My Way, and has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That fame, and his great interest made him at least as responsible as Arnold Palmer and President Eisenhower for the game’s growth.

Unlike his pal Bob Hope, Bing was no hacker on the links. He sported a 2 handicap and competed in both the British and US Amateurs. He won the Bob Jones Award in 1978 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Bing died, appropriately, on a golf course in Spain in 1977.

In 1959, the event became known as the Bing Crosby National Pro Am, and remained so until 1985. Spyglass Hill entered the rotation in 1967, replacing the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Cypress Point was dropped in 1991 for its failure to accept a black member, and was replaced by the Poppy Hills Golf Course. This year (2010), Monterey Peninsula Country Club will replace Poppy Hills.

In spite of being in California, the tournament has been famous for its bad weather. Rain, fog, and even snow (1962) have delayed, shortened or even cancelled the event (1996). In 1998, the final round actually was held in August. Crosby once quipped “Where else can you have the greatest golfers play on the greatest courses in the worst conditions?” The tournament also takes some heat for its six hour rounds.

In 1986, AT&T became the event’s title sponsor, and Bing’s widow withdrew his name from the event.

The Crosby Clambake is one of just three Pro-Ams on the Tour, and the only one where amateurs play on the final day. The format consists of two man teams—one professional and one amateur. Each of the first three days, the teams play on a different course. On the final day, the professionals and pro-am teams making the 54 hole cut play at Pebble Beach. The individual cut is the low 60 players, plus ties. However, players between 61st and 70th (and ties) will receive both official money and FedEx Cup points, as the cut for this tournament ensures the field is smaller than a standard tournament cut of 70. On the Pro-Am side, the low 25 teams, plus ties make the cut.

The list of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners is a slice of golf history: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Billy Casper, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and more.

Past AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners are on the table below

YearPlayerCountryScoreTo par1st Prize ($)
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners
2018Ted Potter, Jr.hUnited States270-171,332,000
2017Jordan SpiethUnited States268-191,260,000
2016Vaughn TaylorUnited States270-171,260,000
2015Brand SnedekerUnited States265-221,224,000
2014Jimmy WalkerUnited States276-111,170,000
2013Brandt SnedekerUnited States267-191,170,000
2012Phil MickelsonUnited States269-171,152,000
2011D.A. PointsUnited States271-151,134,000
2010Dustin JohnsonUnited States270-161,116,000
2009Dustin JohnsonUnited States201-151,098,000
2008Steve LoweryUnited States278 PO-101,080,000
2007Phil MickelsonUnited States268-20990,000
2006Arron OberholserUnited States271-17972,000
2005Phil MickelsonUnited States269-19954,000
2004Vijay SinghFiji272-16954,000
2003Davis Love IIIUnited States274-14900,000
2002Matt GogelUnited States274-14720,000
2001Davis Love IIIUnited States272-16720,000
2000Tiger WoodsUnited States273-15720,000
1999Payne StewartUnited States206-10504,000
1998Phil MickelsonUnited States202-14450,000
1997Mark O’MearaUnited States268-20342,000
1996Cancelled – Weather
1995Peter JacobsenUnited States271-17252,000
1994Johnny MillerUnited States281-7225,000
1993Brett OgleAustralia276-12225,000
1992Mark O’MearaUnited States275PO-13198,000
1991Paul AzingerUnited States274-14198,000
1990Mark O’MearaUnited States281-7180,000
1989Mark O’MearaUnited States277-11180,000
1988Steve JonesUnited States280PO-8126,000
1987Johnny MillerUnited States278-10108,000
1986Fuzzy ZoellerUnited States205-11108,000
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
1985Mark O’MearaUnited States283-590,000
1984Hale IrwinUnited States278 PO-1072,000
1983Tom KiteUnited States276-1258,500
1982Jim SimonsUnited States274-1454,000
1981John CookUnited States209-740,500
1980George BurnsUnited States280-854,000
1979Lon HinkleUnited States284 PO-454,000
1978Tom WatsonUnited States280 PO-845,000
1977Tom WatsonUnited States273-1440,000
1976Ben CrenshawUnited States281-737,000
1975Gene LittlerUnited States280-837,000
1974Johnny MillerUnited States208-827,750
1973Jack NicklausUnited States282 PO-636,000
1972Jack NicklausUnited States284 PO-428,000
1971Tom ShawUnited States278-1027,000
1970Bert YanceyUnited States278-1025,000
1969George ArcherUnited States283-525,000
1968Johnny PottUnited States285 PO-316,000
1967Jack NicklausUnited States284-416,000
1966Don MassengaleUnited States283-411,000
1965Bruce CramptonAustralia284-37,500
1964Tony LemaUnited States284-45,800
1963Billy CasperUnited States285-35,300
1962Doug FordUnited States286 PO-25,300
1961Bob RosburgUnited States282-65,300
1960Ken VenturiUnited States286-24,000
1959Art Wall, Jr.United States279-94,000
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship
1958Billy CasperUnited States277-114,000
1957Jay HebertUnited States213-32,500
1956Cary MiddlecoffUnited States202-142,500
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship
1955Cary MiddlecoffUnited States209-72,500
1954E.J. HarrisonUnited States210-62,000
1953Lloyd MangrumUnited States204-122,000
Bing Crosby Pro-Am
1952Jimmy DemaretUnited States145+12,000
1951Byron NelsonUnited States209-72,000
1950Jack Burke Jr
Dave Douglas
Smiley Quick
Sam Snead
United States214-22,000
1949Ben HoganUnited States208-82,000
1948Lloyd MangrumUnited States205-102,000
1947George Fazio
Ed Furgol
United States2132,000
1943-46WWII
1942John Dawson (am)United States133-11800
1941Sam SneadUnited States136-8500
1940Ed OliverUnited States135-9500
1939E.J. HarrisonUnited States138500
1938Sam SneadUnited States139-5500
1937Sam SneadUnited States68-4500

 

3 thoughts on “AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners And Tournament History

  1. You would have to think Phil Mickelson is a great chance to win again after last weekends victory.

    He has won this event 4 times and no reason to suggest he won’t make it number 5.

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