Power Rankings: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
February 03, 2014
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Day tied for second at Torrey Pines. (Warshaw/Getty Images)
If you like to monitor leaderboards, then this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am demands a lesson and a little patience. In short, nothing really matters until 54 holes are complete. This is due to the fact that the trio of host courses are not played at the same par.
Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course are par 72s while the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club (MPCC) is a par 70. All 156 golfers in the field will play each once before the scheduled 54-hole cut falls. The low 60s and ties will qualify for the final round at Pebble Beach only, while those finishing 61st-70th will earn official prize money and FedExCup points, but will not tee it up in the finale unless any are paired with an amateur in the top 25 after three rounds. Last year's cut fell at 1-under 213.
At 6,816 yards, Pebble Beach is the shortest course on the PGA TOUR, but it features some of the smallest greens (3,500 square feet) that help defend par. Yet, last year's scoring average of 71.412 (or -0.588 strokes to par) was its lowest in 16 years. It played easiest in the final round at just 70.514, or more than one full stroke lower than in any of the first three.
Meanwhile, MPCC averaged 0.244 strokes over par, its highest clip since returning to the rotation in 2010. It's the third-shortest track the TOUR utilizes at 6,867 yards, but its greens are double in size on average as compared to Pebble Beach. The field's fairways-hit percentage landed at 76.08, easily the highest on TOUR all season. (Pebble Beach ranked second-easiest at 71.87 percent). The Shore Course also surrendered the third-highest greens in regulation percentage at 75.21. Despite the ease tee to green, it ranked second-most difficult in one-putt percentage and fourth in putts per GIR. (Only Pebble Beach is lasered for measurement statistics such as proximity to the hole and stroke gained-putting.)
Spyglass Hill was the most consistent of the trio. Its scoring average of 72.641 fell in line with recent years. The course can play 6,953 from the tips and boasts greens that average 5,000 square feet. It ranked comfortably inside the lowest half in driving accuracy and GIR percentages.
For more analysis of the scoring averages on these courses, please see my Fantasy Insider on Wednesday.
Inclement weather at this tournament is always the concern, but just a slight chance of rain exists early and late. It's going to be cool as temperatures will creep only into the 50s until maybe a 60-degree reading by Sunday. Winds off the ocean will be a factor at times.