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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
|Location||Pebble Beach, California|
|Established||1937, 83 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|
|Prize fund||$7.8 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||265 Brandt Snedeker (2015)|
|To par||−22 Brandt Snedeker (2015)|
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 34 years ago in 1986. It is organized by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.
Founded 83 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 until 1966. The tournament became a 72-hole event in 1958.
In 1967, Spyglass Hill replaced Monterey Peninsula CC as the third course (with the exception of 1977, when it returned to MPCC). In 1991, the private Cypress Point Club was dropped by the PGA Tour because it would not admit an African-American member, and was replaced as a tournament venue by Poppy Hills, which hosted through 2009. Poppy Hills was not well received by the players, primarily due to poor drainage, and Monterey Peninsula CC 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).
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
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.
- AT&T Pebble Beach winners prior to 2000 and in the last five seasons
- The Players Championship and major championship winners prior to 2000 and in the last five years
There is no open qualifying for this tournament.
Conducted as a planned 72-hole 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.
|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–present||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|
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Thirteen players have won this tournament more than once through 2019.
- 5 wins
- 4 wins
- Sam Snead: 1937, 1938, 1941, 1950 (tie)
- 3 wins
- 2 wins
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