Phil Mickelson will be trying to follow up his scintillating victory last week at the Phoenix Open by defending his championship at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
This is one of the more entertaining tournaments on the schedule. It doesn’t pack the huge drama of a major, but we get to see the pros playing alongside celebrities at three beautiful courses.
And while that atmosphere lightens the mood a bit, this is still a serious tournament. There is a $6.5 million purse for this event, with the winner bringing home nearly $1.2 million. There are also 500 FedEx Cup points up for grabs.
On to the vitals:
Date: Thursday, Feb. 7 to Sunday, Feb. 10
Courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club
Thursday: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m. ET, 6:30-9:30 p.m. ET
Friday: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m. ET, 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET
Saturday: CBS 3-6 p.m. ET, Golf Channel 1-2:30 p.m. ET, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. ET
Sunday: CBS 3-6:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel 1-2:30 p.m. ET
Check out all the tee times here.
The full field is available here.
Tiger Woods is skipping the event this year, but there are plenty of top golfers. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Brandt Snedeker are among some of the top pros scheduled to play.
They will be joined by the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Kelly Slater, Justin Verlander and, of course, Bill Murray—whose antics at this event always get a ton of airplay.
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Vijay Singh in Action After PED Controversy
Vijay Singh used deer antler spray. He is not denying it. Instead, he is citing ignorance, which is understandable. You wouldn’t expect deer antler spray to contain a banned substance.
Singh was scheduled to play in Phoenix last week, but the 49-year-old withdrew, citing back problems. This will be his first action since the controversy broke.
Phil’s New Groove
Mickelson was in great form at Phoenix. At the center of it was his driving. Lefty can struggle mightily with his driving accuracy,
Last week, he hit 32-of-56 fairways. That was only good for the 55th-best mark in the field, but it is still a marked improvement from the 52.4 percent of fairways he hit last year.
If he can keep that driving accuracy going this week, he will be in the mix for the win.
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