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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
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Tournament information
Location Pebble Beach, California
Established 1937, 85 years ago
Course(s) Pebble Beach Golf Links
Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Monterey Peninsula CC
Par 72 (PB), 72 (SH), 71 (MP)
Length 6,816 yd (6,233 m) (PB)
7,035 yd (6,433 m) (SH)
6,958 yd (6,362 m) (MP)
Organized by Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $7.8 million
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Brandt Snedeker (2015)
To par −22 as above
Current champion
United States Daniel Berger

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, held annually at Pebble Beach, California, near Carmel. The tournament is usually held during the month of February on three different courses, currently Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

The event was originally known as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur, or just the Crosby Clambake. After Crosby's death in 1977, the tournament was hosted by his family for eight years. The Crosby name was dropped after the 1985 event, and AT&T Corporation became the title sponsor 36 years ago in 1986. It is organized by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

History

Founded 85 years ago in 1937, entertainer Bing Crosby hosted the first National Pro-Am Golf Championship in southern California at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in San Diego County, the event's location prior to World War II. Sam Snead won the first tournament, then just 18 holes, with a winner's share of $500. A second round was added in 1938 and was played through 1942.

After the war, it resumed in 1947 as a 54-hole event, up the coast on golf courses near Monterey, where it has been played ever since. Beginning that year, it was played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point Club, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club through 1966. The tournament became a 72-hole event in 1958.

In 1967, the new Spyglass Hill replaced Monterey Peninsula CC as the third course (with the exception of 1977, when it returned to MPCC). After 1990, private Cypress Point was dropped by the PGA Tour because it would not admit an African-American member, and was replaced by Poppy Hills in 1991, which hosted through 2009. Poppy Hills was not well received by the players, primarily due to poor drainage, and MPCC returned to the rotation in 2010.

Notable professionals in recent years have included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Mark O'Meara, Davis Love III, Jordan Spieth, and Vijay Singh. Notable celebrities have included fan favorite Bill Murray, Glenn Frey, Kevin Costner, Steve Young, George Lopez, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Kenny G, Justin Timberlake, Ray Romano, Clay Walker, and Carson Daly. Past celebrities included many Hollywood legends, some of whom were accomplished amateur golfers. Jim Backus, best known as the voice of Mr. Magoo and as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island, made the 36-hole pro-am cut in 1964.

The tournament continues to be a success every year despite the rainfall that often occurs, notably in 1996, 1998, and 1999 (see Format section below).

There is a similar celebrity pro-am event on the European Tour; the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Gene Littler holds a unique record in this event. When he won the 1975 event, it marked the only time that a player had won this particular event as a professional after having previously been the amateur on the winning pro-am team which Littler did as a 23-year-old amateur in 1954.

Tournament playing format

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Singer Justin Timberlake at the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The starting field consists of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs. Each professional is paired with an amateur player. On the first three days 156 two-man teams will play a better ball format with one round on each of the three courses. The pros also play an individual stroke play format. On the final day, those professionals and pro-am teams making the 54-hole cut will play on the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

  • Individual pro cut: At 54 holes, the low 60 scorers plus any ties. 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 to accommodate the pro-am teams playing on the last day. They are indicated as MDF (made cut, did not finish); this designation is used in other PGA Tour events when more than 78 players make the cut and the field is reduced to 70 and ties after the third round.
  • Pro-Am cut: At 54 holes, the low 25 teams, plus any ties.

Only professionals may compete in the individual competition part of the tournament. Amateurs are restricted to playing only in the pro-amateur team competition. The local Pebble Beach tournament officials organize the pairing of professionals with amateurs, while the PGA Tour manages the assignment of the pros' tee times.

Professional field

The professional field consists of 156 players selected using the standard eligibility rankings except that the following shall first be eligible:

  1. AT&T Pebble Beach winners prior to 2000 and in the last five seasons
  2. The Players Championship and major championship winners prior to 2000 and in the last five years

There is no open qualifying for this tournament.

Format

Conducted as a planned 72-hole pro-am event, 1958–present. Exceptions are as follows:

  • 18 holes: 1937
  • 36 holes (planned): 1938 to 1942
  • 36 holes, due to bad weather: 1952
  • 54 holes (planned): 1947 to 1951, 1953 to 1957
  • 54 holes, due to bad weather: 1974, 1981, 1986, 1998, 1999, and 2009
    • In 1996, the first 36 holes were played as scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Rain on Saturday and Sunday prevented the completion of the tournament and it was canceled (54 holes required to be official due to three course setup).
    • In 1998, weather conditions prevented the tournament from being finished on schedule (9 holes were played Thursday, 9 on Friday, 18 on Saturday, rain Sunday and Monday). The third round was delayed until August to prevent cancellation similar to 1996. 43 of 168 players withdrew rather than return for the final round.
  • No pro-am: 2021
    • In 2021, the pro-am section of the tournament was canceled due to safety concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic; as a result Monterey Peninsula was also removed from the course rotation.

Tournament hosts

Venue Years Times
Pebble Beach Golf Links 1947–present 73
Spyglass Hill Golf Course 1967–1976, 1978–present 52
Monterey Peninsula CC, Shore Course 1965, 1966, 1977, 2010–2020 13
Poppy Hills Golf Course 1991–2009 19
Cypress Point Club 1947–1990 44
Monterey Peninsula CC, Dunes Course 1947–1964 18
Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club 1937–1942 6

Winners

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Ref.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2021 United States Daniel Berger 270 −18 2 strokes United States Maverick McNealy 1,404,000
2020 Canada Nick Taylor 268 −19 4 strokes United States Kevin Streelman 1,404,000
2019 United States Phil Mickelson (5) 268 −19 3 strokes England Paul Casey 1,368,000
2018 United States Ted Potter Jr. 270 −17 3 strokes Australia Jason Day
United States Dustin Johnson
United States Phil Mickelson
United States Chez Reavie
1,332,000
2017 United States Jordan Spieth 268 −19 4 strokes United States Kelly Kraft 1,296,000
2016 United States Vaughn Taylor 270 −17 1 stroke United States Phil Mickelson 1,260,000
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2015 United States Brandt Snedeker (2) 265 −22 3 strokes United States Nick Watney 1,224,000
2014 United States Jimmy Walker 276 −11 1 stroke United States Dustin Johnson
United States Jim Renner
1,188,000
2013 United States Brandt Snedeker 267 −19 2 strokes United States Chris Kirk 1,170,000
2012 United States Phil Mickelson (4) 269 −17 2 strokes South Korea Charlie Wi 1,152,000
2011 United States D. A. Points 271 −15 2 strokes United States Hunter Mahan 1,134,000
2010 United States Dustin Johnson (2) 270 −16 1 stroke United States David Duval
United States J. B. Holmes
1,116,000
2009 United States Dustin Johnson 201 −15 4 strokes Canada Mike Weir 1,098,000
2008 United States Steve Lowery 278 −10 Playoff Fiji Vijay Singh 1,080,000
2007 United States Phil Mickelson (3) 268 −20 5 strokes United States Kevin Sutherland 990,000
2006 United States Arron Oberholser 271 −17 5 strokes South Africa Rory Sabbatini 972,000
2005 United States Phil Mickelson (2) 269 −19 4 strokes Canada Mike Weir 954,000
2004 Fiji Vijay Singh 272 −16 3 strokes United States Jeff Maggert 954,000
2003 United States Davis Love III (2) 274 −14 1 stroke United States Tom Lehman 900,000
2002 United States Matt Gogel 274 −14 3 strokes United States Pat Perez 720,000
2001 United States Davis Love III 272 −16 1 stroke Fiji Vijay Singh 720,000
2000 United States Tiger Woods 273 −15 2 strokes United States Matt Gogel
Fiji Vijay Singh
720,000
1999 United States Payne Stewart 206 −10 1 stroke United States Frank Lickliter 504,000
1998 United States Phil Mickelson 202 −14 1 stroke United States Tom Pernice Jr. 450,000
1997 United States Mark O'Meara (5) 268 −20 1 stroke United States David Duval
United States Tiger Woods
342,000
1996 Tournament canceled after two rounds due to weather
1995 United States Peter Jacobsen 271 −17 2 strokes United States David Duval 252,000
1994 United States Johnny Miller (3) 281 −7 1 stroke United States Jeff Maggert
United States Corey Pavin
United States Kirk Triplett
United States Tom Watson
225,000
1993 Australia Brett Ogle 276 −12 3 strokes United States Billy Ray Brown 225,000
1992 United States Mark O'Meara (4) 275 −13 Playoff United States Jeff Sluman 198,000
1991 United States Paul Azinger 274 −14 4 strokes United States Brian Claar
United States Corey Pavin
198,000
1990 United States Mark O'Meara (3) 281 −7 2 strokes United States Kenny Perry 180,000
1989 United States Mark O'Meara (2) 277 −11 1 stroke United States Tom Kite 180,000
1988 United States Steve Jones 280 −8 Playoff United States Bob Tway 126,000
1987 United States Johnny Miller (2) 278 −10 1 stroke United States Payne Stewart 108,000
1986 United States Fuzzy Zoeller 205 −11 5 strokes United States Payne Stewart 108,000
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
1985 United States Mark O'Meara 283 −5 1 stroke Japan Kikuo Arai
United States Larry Rinker
United States Curtis Strange
90,000
1984 United States Hale Irwin 278 −10 Playoff Canada Jim Nelford 72,000
1983 United States Tom Kite 276 −12 2 strokes United States Rex Caldwell
United States Calvin Peete
58,500
1982 United States Jim Simons 274 −14 2 strokes United States Craig Stadler 54,000
1981 United States John Cook 209 −7 Playoff United States Bobby Clampett
United States Ben Crenshaw
United States Hale Irwin
United States Barney Thompson
40,500
1980 United States George Burns 280 −8 1 stroke United States Dan Pohl 54,000
1979 United States Lon Hinkle 284 −4 Playoff United States Andy Bean
United States Mark Hayes
54,000
1978 United States Tom Watson (2) 280 −8 Playoff United States Ben Crenshaw 45,000
1977 United States Tom Watson 273 −15 1 stroke England Tony Jacklin 40,000
1976 United States Ben Crenshaw 281 −7 2 strokes United States Mike Morley 37,000
1975 United States Gene Littler 280 −8 4 strokes United States Hubert Green 37,000
1974 United States Johnny Miller 208 −8 4 strokes United States Grier Jones 27,750
1973 United States Jack Nicklaus (3) 282 −6 Playoff United States Raymond Floyd
United States Orville Moody
36,000
1972 United States Jack Nicklaus (2) 284 −4 Playoff United States Johnny Miller 28,000
1971 United States Tom Shaw 278 −10 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer 27,000
1970 United States Bert Yancey 278 −10 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus 25,000
1969 United States George Archer 283 −5 1 stroke United States Bob Dickson
United States Dale Douglass
United States Howie Johnson
25,000
1968 United States Johnny Pott 285 −3 Playoff United States Billy Casper
Australia Bruce Devlin
16,000
1967 United States Jack Nicklaus 284 −4 5 strokes United States Billy Casper 16,000
1966 United States Don Massengale 283 −4 1 stroke United States Arnold Palmer 11,000
1965 Australia Bruce Crampton 284 −3 3 strokes United States Tony Lema 7,500
1964 United States Tony Lema 284 −4 3 strokes United States Gay Brewer
United States Bo Wininger
5,800
1963 United States Billy Casper (2) 285 −3 1 stroke United States Dave Hill
United States Jack Nicklaus
South Africa Gary Player
United States Bob Rosburg
United States Art Wall Jr.
5,300
1962 United States Doug Ford 286 −2 Playoff United States Joe Campbell 5,300
1961 United States Bob Rosburg 282 −6 1 stroke Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo
United States Dave Ragan
5,300
1960 United States Ken Venturi 286 −2 3 strokes United States Julius Boros
United States Tommy Jacobs
4,000
1959 United States Art Wall Jr. 279 −9 2 strokes United States Jimmy Demaret
United States Gene Littler
4,000
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship
1958 United States Billy Casper 277 −11 4 strokes United States Dave Marr 4,000
1957 United States Jay Hebert 213 −3 2 strokes United States Cary Middlecoff 2,500
1956 United States Cary Middlecoff (2) 202 −14 5 strokes United States Mike Souchak 2,500
1955 United States Cary Middlecoff 209 −7 4 strokes United States Julius Boros
United States Paul McGuire
2,500
1954 United States Dutch Harrison (2) 210 −6 1 stroke United States Jimmy Demaret 2,000
1953 United States Lloyd Mangrum (2) 204 −12 4 strokes United States Julius Boros 2,000
Bing Crosby Pro-Am
1952 United States Jimmy Demaret 145 +1 2 strokes United States Art Bell 2,000
1951 United States Byron Nelson 209 −7 3 strokes United States Cary Middlecoff 2,000
1950 United States Jack Burke Jr.
United States Dave Douglas
United States Smiley Quick
United States Sam Snead (4)
214 −2 n/a 2,000
1949 United States Ben Hogan 208 −8 2 strokes Australia Jim Ferrier 2,000
1948 United States Lloyd Mangrum 205 −10 5 strokes Canada Stan Leonard 2,000
1947 United States George Fazio
United States Ed Furgol
213 −3 n/a 2,000
1943–46: No tournament due to World War II
1942 United States Johnny Dawson (a) 133 −11 3 strokes United States Leland Gibson
United States Lloyd Mangrum
(800)
1941 United States Sam Snead (3) 136 −8 1 stroke United States Craig Wood 500
1940 United States Ed Oliver 135 −9 3 strokes United States Vic Ghezzi 500
1939 United States Dutch Harrison 138 1 stroke United States Byron Nelson
United States Horton Smith
500
1938 United States Sam Snead (2) 139 −5 2 strokes United States Jimmy Hines 500
1937 United States Sam Snead 68 −4 4 strokes United States George Von Elm 500

Main source

Multiple winners

Thirteen players have won this tournament more than once through 2020.

  • 5 wins
    • Mark O'Meara: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997
    • Phil Mickelson: 1998, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2019
  • 4 wins
  • 3 wins
  • 2 wins
    • Lloyd Mangrum: 1948, 1953
    • Dutch Harrison: 1939, 1954
    • Cary Middlecoff: 1955, 1956
    • Billy Casper: 1958, 1963
    • Tom Watson: 1977, 1978
    • Davis Love III: 2001, 2003
    • Dustin Johnson: 2009, 2010
    • Brandt Snedeker: 2013, 2015

In addition, Nicklaus won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1972, Watson in 1982.

Two others have won an AT&T and a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach; Tom Kite (1983 & 1992), and Tiger Woods (2000 & 2000).