Leave it to the PGA Tour to make us long for wonderfully warm lazy days of Summer. The past month the PGA has twice been in Hawaii, twice in California, last week in Arizona and now this week back in California at Pebble Beach. These tournaments are making for perfect escapism from being snowed in quarantine. As for the 2021 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, just like every sporting event this year, it's important to point out what is different about this year's event due to COVID-19.
How to Watch the 2021 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - Schedule
Thursday, February 11: 3 - 6 p.m. ET (GOLF Channel)
Friday, February 12: 3 - 6 p.m. ET (GOLF Channel)
Saturday, February 13: 1-3 p.m. ET (GOLF Channel) 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS)
Sunday, February 14: 1-3 p.m. ET (GOLF Channel), 3-6:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
When: Thursday, February 11 - Sunday, February 14
Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, CA
TV: GOLF Channel, CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch Golf for free with fuboTV)
First of all, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be without the traditional pro-am format. This will strictly be limited to 156 professionals. Yeah that means no celebrities so unfortunately we we won't get to see Bill Murray be in his natural element on the golf course. So, should it be renamed the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro?
Maybe another time but another change that will happen is that there will be no spectators to keep in par with most tournaments this year. (Yes, pun intended.) As a result of the new format, there will only be two courses used in this tournament. Those will be Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the one getting nixed is Monterey Peninsula. Finally, the cut will be made after 36 holes and not 54.
Some of the professionals favored over the weekend will also be new or, in better words, have never won this event. The front-runner is now Patrick Cantlay after Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked golfer in the world dropped out of the tournament on Monday. Johnson's won twice at Pebble Beach and he won the European Tour’s Saudi International last week. Instead of traveling some more, decided to sit this tournament out. He is expected to participate in the Genesis Open next week in Southern California.
Without Johnson there will be no top-10 participants at Pebble Beach. That's where Cantlay comes in. He is ranked 11th right now and fittingly he finished 11th in this tournament last year. Some other names to watch out for is Jason Day and Jordan Spieth. Day had a return to form in 2020 and he has placed in the top six in six of the last eight years. For Spieth, he missed the cut for the Farmer's Insurance Open ending last month but just a few days later, he placed fourth in the Phoenix Open. Look for him to ride that momentum to return to his past brilliance.
2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions Notable Betting Odds
Patrick Cantlay: 7-1
Daniel Berger: 14-1
Paul Casey: 16-1
Will Zalatoris: 18-1
Jason Day: 18-1
Jordan Spieth: 22-1
Francesco Molinari: 22-1
Si Woo Kim: 30-1
Max Homa: 33-1
Sam Burns: 33-1
Rickie Fowler: 40-1
Phil Mickelson: 45-1