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

Year Player Country Score To par 1st Prize ($)
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners
2019 Phil Mickelson (5) United States 268 -19 1,368,000
2018 Ted Potter, Jr. United States 270 -17 1,332,000
2017 Jordan Spieth United States 268 -19 1,260,000
2016 Vaughn Taylor United States 270 -17 1,260,000
2015 Brand Snedeker United States 265 -22 1,224,000
2014 Jimmy Walker United States 276 -11 1,170,000
2013 Brandt Snedeker United States 267 -19 1,170,000
2012 Phil Mickelson United States 269 -17 1,152,000
2011 D.A. Points United States 271 -15 1,134,000
2010 Dustin Johnson United States 270 -16 1,116,000
2009 Dustin Johnson United States 201 -15 1,098,000
2008 Steve Lowery United States 278 PO -10 1,080,000
2007 Phil Mickelson United States 268 -20 990,000
2006 Arron Oberholser United States 271 -17 972,000
2005 Phil Mickelson United States 269 -19 954,000
2004 Vijay Singh Fiji 272 -16 954,000
2003 Davis Love III United States 274 -14 900,000
2002 Matt Gogel United States 274 -14 720,000
2001 Davis Love III United States 272 -16 720,000
2000 Tiger Woods United States 273 -15 720,000
1999 Payne Stewart United States 206 -10 504,000
1998 Phil Mickelson United States 202 -14 450,000
1997 Mark O’Meara United States 268 -20 342,000
1996 Cancelled – Weather
1995 Peter Jacobsen United States 271 -17 252,000
1994 Johnny Miller United States 281 -7 225,000
1993 Brett Ogle Australia 276 -12 225,000
1992 Mark O’Meara United States 275PO -13 198,000
1991 Paul Azinger United States 274 -14 198,000
1990 Mark O’Meara United States 281 -7 180,000
1989 Mark O’Meara United States 277 -11 180,000
1988 Steve Jones United States 280PO -8 126,000
1987 Johnny Miller United States 278 -10 108,000
1986 Fuzzy Zoeller United States 205 -11 108,000
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
1985 Mark O’Meara United States 283 -5 90,000
1984 Hale Irwin United States 278 PO -10 72,000
1983 Tom Kite United States 276 -12 58,500
1982 Jim Simons United States 274 -14 54,000
1981 John Cook United States 209 -7 40,500
1980 George Burns United States 280 -8 54,000
1979 Lon Hinkle United States 284 PO -4 54,000
1978 Tom Watson United States 280 PO -8 45,000
1977 Tom Watson United States 273 -14 40,000
1976 Ben Crenshaw United States 281 -7 37,000
1975 Gene Littler United States 280 -8 37,000
1974 Johnny Miller United States 208 -8 27,750
1973 Jack Nicklaus United States 282 PO -6 36,000
1972 Jack Nicklaus United States 284 PO -4 28,000
1971 Tom Shaw United States 278 -10 27,000
1970 Bert Yancey United States 278 -10 25,000
1969 George Archer United States 283 -5 25,000
1968 Johnny Pott United States 285 PO -3 16,000
1967 Jack Nicklaus United States 284 -4 16,000
1966 Don Massengale United States 283 -4 11,000
1965 Bruce Crampton Australia 284 -3 7,500
1964 Tony Lema United States 284 -4 5,800
1963 Billy Casper United States 285 -3 5,300
1962 Doug Ford United States 286 PO -2 5,300
1961 Bob Rosburg United States 282 -6 5,300
1960 Ken Venturi United States 286 -2 4,000
1959 Art Wall, Jr. United States 279 -9 4,000
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship
1958 Billy Casper United States 277 -11 4,000
1957 Jay Hebert United States 213 -3 2,500
1956 Cary Middlecoff United States 202 -14 2,500
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship
1955 Cary Middlecoff United States 209 -7 2,500
1954 E.J. Harrison United States 210 -6 2,000
1953 Lloyd Mangrum United States 204 -12 2,000
Bing Crosby Pro-Am
1952 Jimmy Demaret United States 145 +1 2,000
1951 Byron Nelson United States 209 -7 2,000
1950 Jack Burke Jr
Dave Douglas
Smiley Quick
Sam Snead
United States 214 -2 2,000
1949 Ben Hogan United States 208 -8 2,000
1948 Lloyd Mangrum United States 205 -10 2,000
1947 George Fazio
Ed Furgol
United States 213   2,000
1943-46 WWII
1942 John Dawson (am) United States 133 -11 800
1941 Sam Snead United States 136 -8 500
1940 Ed Oliver United States 135 -9 500
1939 E.J. Harrison United States 138   500
1938 Sam Snead United States 139 -5 500
1937 Sam Snead United States 68 -4 500

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.

  2. Yes you’re right, the competition is so tough these days there is always someone else that comes through and claims victory.

    I’m sure Phil will be thereabouts in the mix though.

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