PGA Tour
PGA - AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 9th through Sunday, February 12th
SITE: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
         Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California
         Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course), Pebble Beach, CA
COURSE ARCHITECT: PEBBLE BEACH - Jack Neville, Douglas Grant (1919),
         Henry Chandler Egan (1928), Jack Nicklaus (1998)
         SPYGLASS - Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1967)
         MONTEREY PENINSULA - Robert Baldock, Jack Neville (1959),
         Mike Strantz (2003)
        
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,816 (Pebble Beach)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 381 Yds10 - Par 4 446 Yds
2 - Par 5 502 Yds11 - Par 4 380 Yds
3 - Par 4 390 Yds12 - Par 3 202 Yds
4 - Par 4 331 Yds13 - Par 4 399 Yds
5 - Par 3 188 Yds14 - Par 5 573 Yds
6 - Par 5 513 Yds15 - Par 4 397 Yds
7 - Par 3 106 Yds16 - Par 4 403 Yds
8 - Par 4 418 Yds17 - Par 3 178 Yds
9 - Par 4 466 Yds18 - Par 5 543 Yds
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36 3,295 Yds36 3,521 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,953 (Spyglass Hill)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 595 Yds10 - Par 4 407 Yds
2 - Par 4 349 Yds11 - Par 5 528 Yds
3 - Par 3 165 Yds12 - Par 3 178 Yds
4 - Par 4 370 Yds13 - Par 4 460 Yds
5 - Par 3 197 Yds14 - Par 5 560 Yds
6 - Par 4 446 Yds15 - Par 3 130 Yds
7 - Par 5 529 Yds16 - Par 4 476 Yds
8 - Par 4 399 Yds17 - Par 4 325 Yds
9 - Par 4 431 Yds18 - Par 4 408 Yds
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36 3,481 Yds36 3,472 Yds
 
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,838 (Monterey Peninsula)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 454 Yds10 - Par 5 544 Yds
2 - Par 4 391 Yds11 - Par 3 176 Yds
3 - Par 3 155 Yds12 - Par 5 599 Yds
4 - Par 4 401 Yds13 - Par 4 401 Yds
5 - Par 4 349 Yds14 - Par 3 190 Yds
6 - Par 5 548 Yds15 - Par 4 415 Yds
7 - Par 3 226 Yds16 - Par 4 500 Yds
8 - Par 4 454 Yds17 - Par 4 430 Yds
9 - Par 3 224 Yds18 - Par 4 381 Yds
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34 3,202 Yds36 3,636 Yds
 
Annual:  72nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 3-6:30 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  D.A. Points
Runner-Up:  Hunter Mahan
Tournament Record:  268 (Mark O'Meara, 1997; Phil Mickelson, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Phil Mickelson, 2005; Paul Goydos, Dustin Johnson, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Phil Mickelson, 2005)
Course Records:  62 (Tom Kite, 1983; David Duval, 1997 - Pebble Beach),
  62 (Phil Mickelson, 2005; Luke Donald, 2006 - Spyglass),
  62 (Jeff Maggert, 2011 - Monterey Peninsula)
Total Purse:  $6,400,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,152,000; 2nd Place - $691,200; 3rd Place - $435,200
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
D.A. Points271Aaron Baddeley277
Hunter Mahan273Bryce Molder277
Tom Gillis275Nick Watney277
Spencer Levin276Four players at278
Steve Marino276
 
Past AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011D.A. Points (271) -- Hunter Mahan
2010Dustin Johnson (270) -- David Duval, J.B. Holmes
2009#Dustin Johnson (201) -- Mike Weir
2008*Steve Lowery (278) -- Vijay Singh
2007Phil Mickelson (268) -- Kevin Sutherland
2006Arron Oberholser (271) -- Rory Sabbatini
2005Phil Mickelson (269) -- Mike Weir
2004Vijay Singh (272) -- Jeff Maggert
2003Davis Love III (274) -- Tom Lehman
2002Matt Gogel (274) -- Pat Perez
2001Davis Love III (272) -- Vijay Singh
2000Tiger Woods (273) -- Vijay Singh, Matt Gogel
1999#Payne Stewart (206) -- Frank Lickliter
1998#Phil Mickelson (202) -- Tom Pernice, Jr.
1997Mark O'Meara (268) -- David Duval, Tiger Woods
1996Cancelled due to inclement weather
1995Peter Jacobsen (271) -- David Duval
1994Johnny Miller (281) -- Jeff Maggert, Corey Pavin, Kirk Triplett,
Tom Watson
1993Brett Ogle (276) -- Billy Ray Brown
1992*Mark O'Meara (275) -- Jeff Sluman
1991Paul Azinger (274) -- Brian Claar, Corey Pavin
1990Mark O'Meara (281) -- Kenny Perry
1989Mark O'Meara (277) -- Tom Kite
1988*Steve Jones (280) -- Bob Tway
1987Johnny Miller (278) -- Payne Stewart
1986#Fuzzy Zoeller (205) -- Payne Stewart
1985Mark O'Meara (283) -- Kikuo Arai, Larry Rinker, Curtis Strange
1984*Hale Irwin (278) -- Jim Nelford
1983Tom Kite (276) -- Rex Caldwell, Calvin Peete
1982Jim Simons (274) -- Craig Stadler
1981*#John Cook (209) -- Bobby Clampett, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin,
Barney Thompson
1980George Burns (280) -- Dan Pohl
1979*Lon Hinkle (284) -- Andy Bean, Mark Hayes
1978*Tom Watson (280) -- Ben Crenshaw
1977Tom Watson (273) -- Tony Jacklin
1976Ben Crenshaw (281) -- Mike Morley
1975Gene Littler (280) -- Hubert Green
1974#Johnny Miller (208) -- Grier Jones
1973*Jack Nicklaus (282) -- Ray Floyd, Orville Moody
1972*Jack Nicklaus (284) -- Johnny Miller
1971Tom Shaw (278) -- Arnold Palmer
1970Bert Yancey (278) -- Jack Nicklaus
1969George Archer (283) -- Bob Dickson, Dale Douglass, Howie Johnson
1968*Johnny Pott (285) -- Billy Casper, Bruce Devlin
1967Jack Nicklaus (284) -- Billy Casper
1966Don Massengale (283) -- Arnold Palmer
1965Bruce Crampton (284) -- Tony Lema
1964Tony Lema (284) -- Gay Brewer, Bo Wininger
1963Billy Casper (285) -- Dave Hill, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Art Wall,
Bob Rosburg
1962*Doug Ford (286) -- Joe Campbell
1961Bob Rosburg (282) -- Roberto de Vicenzo, Dave Ragan
1960Ken Venturi (286) -- Julius Boros, Tommy Jacobs
1959Art Wall (279) -- Jimmy Demaret, Gene Littler
1958Billy Casper (277) -- Dave Marr
1957Jay Hebert (213) -- Cary Middlecoff
1956Cary Middlecoff (202) -- Mike Souchak
1955Cary Middlecoff (209) -- Julius Boros, Paul McGuire
1954Dutch Harrison (210) -- Jimmy Demaret
1953Lloyd Mangrum (204) -- Julius Boros
1952Jimmy Demaret (145) -- Art Bell
1951Byron Nelson (209) -- Cary Middlecoff
1950Sam Snead, Jack Burke Jr, Dave Douglas, Smiley Quick (214)
1949Ben Hogan (208) -- Jim Ferrier
1948Lloyd Mangrum (205) -- Stan Leonard
1947Ed Furgol, George Fazio (213)
1946Not Held
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942@John Dawson (133) -- Leland Gibson, Lloyd Mangrum
1941Sam Snead (136) -- Craig Wood
1940Ed Oliver (135) -- Victor Ghezzi
1939Dutch Harrison (138) -- Byron Nelson, Horton Smith
1938Sam Snead (139) -- Jimmy Hines
1937Sam Snead (68) -- George Von Elm

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather-Shortened

@ - Amateur

Note:Formerly called Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (1964-85), Bing Crosby
National (1959-63), Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship (1956-58), The Bing Crosby Pro-Am Invitational (1953-55) and Bing Crosby Pro-Am (1937-52).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
D.A. Points------mc---mc---T-14mc---Won
Hunter Mahan------mcT-39T-14T-16mcT-69T-642nd
Nick Watney------mcT-657thT-42T-58T-22T-27T-6
Phil Mickelsonmc64th3rdWonT-38WonmcT-55T-8T-9
J.B. Holmes---------------T-16T-61T-55T-2T-13
Vijay SinghT-8T-28WonmcT-7T-112ndmcT-35T-26
Sean O'Hair---------T-26mcmc---T-10T-35T-31
D.J. Trahan---------T-30mcmcT-61T-6T-10T-48
Dustin Johnson------------------T-7WonWonT-55
Davis Love IIImcWonmcT-9T-33T-4T-24T-22mcT-55
Padraig Harrington---------------T-30T-14mcT-16T-63
David Duval---mc---mc---T-36mcT-55T-2T-66
Brandt Snedeker---------------T-36T-58mcT-21mc
Rickie Fowler------------------------T-27---
Martin Laird------------------mc---mc---
Arron Oberholser---T-65T-4T-6Won---------------
Tiger WoodsT-12---------------------------
John Huh------------------------------
Ian Poulter------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - John Huh
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Johnson Wagner) - Finished tied for 55th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Maggert) - Finished tied for 26th
 
NOTES:One of the most storied events on the PGA Tour outside of the majors
takes place this week, as the players return to California for the third time in four weeks with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Seven of the top 22 players in the world are expected to compete this week. The highest-ranked player in the field is two-time champion Dustin Johnson (2009, 10) at No. 10 in the world. He is joined by Nick Watney (13), Brandt Snedeker (15), three-time champion Phil Mickelson (17), 2000 champion Tiger Woods (18), Hunter Mahan (21) and Ian Poulter (22).

This will be the 2012 season debut on the PGA Tour for Woods. He finished tied for third at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship two weeks ago on the European Tour. It is the first time that Woods has played here since finishing tied for 12th in 2002.

The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $6.4 million, with the winner receiving $1,152,000. This year marks the 27th anniversary of AT&T's title sponsorship of this tournament, which is the second longest- running relationship on the PGA Tour. Only Honda's sponsorship of the Honda Classic has been longer.

Players compete with amateurs for the first three rounds. The cut will be made following the third round with the low 60 players and ties and the top-25 teams. Professionals placing 61st to 70th and ties will receive official prize money normally distributed to those places.

Pebble Beach is the host course, as the final round will be contested on its famed links. All three courses will be used during the first three rounds. Spyglass Hill was originally known as Pebble Pines Golf Club. Credit for the present name goes to Samuel F.B. Morse and Bob Hanna, who were enthralled with the legend that Robert Louis Stevenson received inspiration for his Treasure Island classic while visiting the Monterey Peninsula. Each hole is named after an aspect of Stevenson's classic fantasy. Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore course remains in the rotation for the third straight year.

Some of the celebrities in this year's field are: Bill Murray, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Chris O'Donnell, Josh Duhamel, Darius Rucker, Huey Lewis, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, Jim Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Nick Saban, Bob Stoops, Chris Berman and Clyde Drexler.

Last year, D.A. Points had a couple of incredible shots during the back nine in the final round, as he captured his first career PGA Tour win. Points, who entered the final day two shots behind, finished at 15-under 271 for his first win of any kind since the 2008 Miccosukee Championship on the Nationwide Tour. On the final nine holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Points took control with an eagle at the par-five 14th and a birdie at the par-four 15th. He provided the dramatics as well, holing out from about 100 yards away on the 14th and following with a sharp-breaking 29-foot birdie putt at the 15th to move ahead for good.

Points became the sixth player since 1970 to win his first PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach. The other players were: John Cook (1981), Steve Jones (1988), Brett Ogle (1993), Matt Gogel (2002) and Arron Oberholser (2006).

Not only did Points earn the PGA Tour win last year, but he and his amateur partner -- popular actor Bill Murray -- won the pro-am with a score of 35-under-par 251. It was Murray's first victory at this event.

In 2010, Dustin Johnson converted a four-foot birdie putt on the last hole to win for the second year in a row. Johnson shot rounds of 64-68-64-74 and held at least a share of the lead after every round, winning by a single stroke over David Duval and J.B. Holmes. Johnson finished at 16-under 270 and became the sixth player to successfully defend his title at Pebble Beach, joining Sam Snead, Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Mark O'Meara. His final- round 74 was the highest for a winner since Johnny Miller posted a 74 and won in 1994. With the win, he became the first player since Woods to win in each of his first three years on tour.

In 2009, Johnson finished at 15-under 201 and won by four strokes over former Masters champion Mike Weir. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to rain. It marked the sixth time this tournament was shortened due to bad weather and the first since the late Payne Stewart won in 1999. The event was also cancelled in 1996 due to bad weather.

Steve Lowery defeated Vijay Singh in a playoff in 2008, making a birdie on the first extra hole for his third PGA Tour win and first in more than seven years. The win was Lowery's first since the 2000 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Lowery became the ninth player over the age of 40 to win here, joining Jimmy Demaret (1952), E.J. Harrison (1954), Gene Littler (1975), Miller (1994), Peter Jacobsen (1995), O'Meara (1997), Stewart (1999) and Singh (2004). Lowery was the oldest at 47 years old.

In 2007, Mickelson overcame an early double-bogey and fired a six-under 66 in the final round, stretching his one-shot, third-round lead into a five-stroke victory over Kevin Sutherland. It was his third win at Pebble Beach, having previously won in 1998 and 2005. Mickelson finished at 20-under-par 268 and claimed his 30th PGA Tour win. He tied O'Meara's 1997 tournament scoring record and also matched the record for winning margin. His five-stroke win tied the tournament mark held by Lloyd Mangrum (1948), Middlecoff (1956), Nicklaus (1967), Fuzzy Zoeller (1986) and Oberholser (2006). Mickelson became the fourth three-time winner, joining Nicklaus (1967, 72-73), Miller (1974, 87, 94), and O'Meara (1985, 89-90, 92, 97).

Mickelson is the all-time money leader with $3,432,657 in career earnings. Singh is second at $2,980,779, and Davis Love III is third at $2,432,217.

In 2006, Oberholser opened with rounds of 65-68-66 to earn his first PGA Tour victory. Oberholser managed only a final-round, even-par 72 to finish at 17- under-par 271, but it was good for a five-shot win over Rory Sabbatini. Oberholser is playing here this year for the first time since winning in 2006. He did not play at all in 2010 and 2011 due to surgeries on his left hand and right hip.

Mickelson posted a course-record, 10-under par 62 at Spyglass Hill in the first round in 2005 and cruised to a four-stroke win over Mike Weir for his second Pebble Beach title. Mickelson's 62 at Spyglass broke the previous record of 64 held by Dan Forsman (1993), Lowery (1995) and David Berganio, Jr. (2001). Luke Donald tied Mickelson's course record in 2006 in the first round. Mickelson ended the 2005 tournament at 19-under-par 269 and became the first player to win this event in its 72-hole format in wire-to-wire fashion. Mickelson set new 36- and 54-hole scoring records. It was Mickelson's first wire-to-wire win of his career.

This event was made famous by legendary crooner and actor Bing Crosby, whose tournament was known as the "Clambake." Winners of this event read like a who's who, as past champions include Snead, Byron Nelson, Nicklaus, Miller, Ben Crenshaw, Watson, Hale Irwin, Zoeller, Mickelson, Stewart, Woods and Singh. However, none of those players can hold a candle to O'Meara. The two-time major championship winner has titled here an amazing five times and has eight top-10s and 12 top-25 finishes.

The PGA Tour remains in California next week for the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, where Aaron Baddeley will defend his title at Riviera Country Club.

02/07 15:32:14 ET

As of February 7, 2012, at 03:32 PM ET