Many of golf’s great and good have made their yearly trip to Pebble Beach to play in this year’s AT&T Pebble Peach Pro-Am. A rare occasion where golfing greats rub shoulders with stars from the entertainment, business and sports world, this week’s tournament is often one of the highlights of the PGA Tour. Here our AT&T Pebble Peach Pro-Am Round 1 & 2 Recap + Round 3 Betting Preview
Despite an abundance of stars on show, it is always the golf that takes center stage and we have reached the halfway point of this year’s tournament where 27 players will start today’s third round within four strokes of the lead. Throughout the decades, Pebble Beach has played host to many memorable moments, and everything is set up nicely for another dramatic weekend.
Heading into the weekend its world number 43 Kurt Kitayama who holds a narrow one stroke lead. Kitayama finds himself in this position following a superb opening round where he shot a superb 64. Grouped with the leaders after the first round, Kitayama played some solid golf in his second round amidst some challenging conditions to post a two under par round of 70.
The American has never won on the PGA Tour but has come close on several occasions. He will be hoping this weekend could provide his breakthrough.
Hank Lebioda led the tournament after the first eighteen holes but found things a whole lot tougher yesterday and dropped back into a share of second. Still very much in contention, the world number 420 will hope to rediscover his scoring touch from the first round.
Seamus Power headed into this week as one of the highest ranked players in the field, and the Irishman showed all of his class as he shot a superb second round 64 to sit just two strokes off the lead at the halfway stage. Power has been one of the form players on the PGA Tour over the last twelve months and will be seeking his third PGA victory this weekend.
World number 11 Viktor Hovland is the highest ranked player in the field and the Norwegian will start today three strokes off the pace following two solid opening rounds.
With the leaderboard so tightly congested, this is a tournament that is very wide open.
Current favorite for the tournament is Keith Mitchell who will start the third round one behind Kitayama. Mitchell has produced two solid rounds to find himself at -8 but hasn’t won on Tour since his victory in the 2019 Honda Classic. It will be fascinating to see how he handles the pressure this weekend.
A group of four players- Kurt Kitayama, Scott Stallings, Seamus Power and Viktor Hovland are all tied for second in the betting. Despite being surrounded by quality opposition, Kitayama will be looking to extend his lead in today’s third round.
Kitayama clearly feels at home on a links set up and finished second at last year’s Scottish Open. If the conditions remain tricky, the American should feel right at home.
Growing up in Ireland Seamus Power put all of his experience to good use when looking completely at home in the breezy conditions. Power is playing some superbly consist golf and will look to be making a move up the leaderboard today.
It also isn’t a surprise to see Viktor Hovland near the top of the leaderboard. Despite being one of the most powerful players on Tour, Hovland showed last year when he led the Open through three rounds that he is adept on links courses. If he can get motoring this weekend his current price of +900 could look hugely overpriced.
Jordan Spieth is a former Open Champion and he will start the day five strokes off the lead. Another who feels at home on the links, odds of +2800 could be the value bet of the day.
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