Spieth and McIlroy headline at Pebble Beach
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am has been won on 22 occasions by a Champion Golfer.
Five of the World’s top ten players will be teeing it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week with defending champion and Champion Golfer Jordan Spieth looking to kickstart his 2018.
The Champion Golfer of the Year, who played superbly to triumph at The Open at Royal Birkdale last summer, missed his first cut in 259 days at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open but won this event by four strokes a year ago. Despite just one top-10 finish so far this season, the American’s long game has been consistent and his track record on the greens means that while his putter is currently cool, it’s liable to heat up again at any minute.
The players will rotate between Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Club and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore course over the four days and a star-studded field means that even if Spieth finds his groove, there’s no guarantee of victory on the west coast of America.
Open champions and in-form stars gather
Spieth won’t be the only man who knows what it feels like to lift the Claret Jug competing at Pebble Beach, with 2013 winner Phil Mickelson and 2014 Champion Golfer Rory McIlroy also in the field.
It will be McIlroy’s first appearance on the PGA Tour this year but he’s a man in form after two top-three finishes on the European Tour in the past month, predicated on incredible power and clean ball-striking.
Another man currently playing golf of the highest quality is world No.1 Dustin Johnson, winner at the Sentry Tournament of Champions last month, and he won at Pebble Beach in both 2009 and 2010. Jason Day will also be in action after a thrilling play-off win at Torrey Pines a fortnight ago, as will world No.2 Jon Rahm, and it looks set to be a thrilling week on the California coast.
Four players have won this event and The Open in the same year - Tony Lema, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.
Westwood excited about unique World Super 6 Perth
While the PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach, the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia are co-sanctioning the World Super 6 Perth. The tournament sees players take on 54 holes of traditional stroke play before the leading 24 men battle it out in knockout match play on Sunday – with each match play clash contested over six holes. Home favourite Brett Rumford triumphed 12 months ago and the unusual make-up of the event undoubtedly captures the imagination of fans.
Lee Westwood, runner-up at The Open in 2010, will compete in the tournament for the first time and the former world No.1 believes the format could suit him perfectly: "I do well at stroke play and match play, so it's nice to see somebody use their initiative and combine the two," said Westwood, who is fresh off a tied-11th finish at the Maybank Championship.
"I watched a little bit on TV last year and it looks like an exciting format. It's a format where you've got to adopt a more aggressive approach. It's no good edging your way in" he added. "I think you've got to come out as fast as you can and obviously make the cut on Friday night, but then getting in that top 24, so you might as well be aggressive and go for everything. It's just so fast and furious, six holes, that you probably won't have that much time to think. It's just a case of coming out and hitting good shots early on and making putts."