There are seven of the top-21 from the world rankings taking part led by four-time winner Phil Mickelson and defending champion Brandt Snedeker. Among the celebrities playing alongside the pros are actors Andy Garcia and Kurt Russell. David August has been in superb form of late and is back with his best bets from the Pebble Beach event…
David August's AT&T Tips
Hunter Mahan 1pt ew @ 18-1
Jimmy Walker 1pt ew @ 28-1
Jason Kokrak 1pt ew @ 66-1
Brendan Steele 1pt ew @ 90-1
WHERE: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California.
NOTES ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: There are seven of the top-21 from the world rankings taking part led by four-time winner Phil Mickelson and defending champion Brandt Snedeker. Among the celebrities playing alongside the pros are actors Andy Garcia and Kurt Russell.
COURSE CHARACTERISTICS: There are three courses used (Pebble Beach, Spyglass and Shore) and all 156 players will play each one once before the 54-hole cut. The host course Pebble Beach is, at 6,816yds, the shortest used on the PGA schedule and has some of the smallest greens which makes putting a key factor. Nine holes at Pebble Beach run alongside the Pacific Ocean, so the weather can play a huge part.
The Main Men
JASON DAY (14-1): Four appearances at Pebble Beach have yielded two sixth place finishes. Won't be far away again judged by a tied second in the recent Farmers Insurance Open.
DUSTIN JOHNSON (14-1): Missed the cut last year but landed the AT&T Pebble Beach title in successive years (2009/10) and has two other top-10s. Won the HSBC Champions event in November and was a solid sixth in Hyundai TOC.
PHIL MICKELSON (14-1): Attempts to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach title for a fifth time (most recent victory being in 2012). However, with continuing worries about his back problem I couldn't back him with confidence.
HUNTER MAHAN (18-1): Would have preferred a slightly longer price but with a solid record at Pebble Beach (four top-20s and a second in 2011 in 10 starts) and a fourth last Sunday, I reckon he's worth a bet at 18-1.
JORDAN SPIETH (20-1): Began 2014 with a promising second in the Hyundai TOC and then bounced back from a missed cut in the Sony Open with a respectable 19th in the Farmers Insurance Open after leading at the halfway stage.
JIMMY WALKER (28-1): Definitely one to consider as his last three starts at Pebble Beach have yielded two ninth place finishes and a third. He's been playing well this term and I reckon 28-1 is fair enough price.
BRANDT SNEDEKER (33-1): Broke the tournament scoring record when securing a two-stroke victory 12 months ago. May not successfully defend the title as he's not been in great form so far in 2014 and I would oppose him this week.
JIM FURYK (40-1): Makes his first start of 2014 in a contest in which he has a couple of top-10s this century. Finished last year in great style with five top-10s in his final seven outings, including a second in the US PGA Championship.
GRAEME McDOWELL (40-1): Pebble Beach will always be special to him as he landed the 2010 US Open there. Wouldn't be surprised to see him in contention as he closed 2013 in good enough form to mount a challenge this week.
PATRICK REED (40-1): Finished a highly promising seventh on his sole start to date at Pebble Beach. Led from start to finish to capture the Humana Challenge and was not disgraced when 19th in Arizona last week.
MATT JONES (50-1): Picked up a tied 10th in this event in 2010 and could improve further on that this week judged by recent performances. Led at the halfway stage in Scottsdale before finishing 12th and was 13th in the Humana earlier.
KEVIN STADLER (50-1): With a third in the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am and a first PGA tour win last week in the Phoenix Open, he can't be ruled out of calculations.
CHARLEY HOFFMAN (66-1): Can boast two top-10s and a couple of top-15s at Pebble Beach if the Callaway Invitational contest is included. Disappointed in Phoenix but has posted three top-10s already this season.
JASON KOKRAK (66-1): Showed he could handle Pebble Beach when ninth in 2012, while he was ranked fifth for driving distance and sixth for birdies when 15th at Scottsdale last week. Looks a little overpriced at 66-1 on that form.
BRENDAN STEELE (90-1): Worth grabbing the 90-1 available as he looked in decent nick when carding a round of 62 last Saturday on his way to a very encouraging sixth in the Phoenix Open.
ROBERTO CASTRO (100-1): Merits consideration as his 66 last Sunday in Arizona was the second best round of the day and enabled him to climb 35 places into 19th spot (tied fourth for greens hit) at Scottsdale.