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The PGA Tour heads back to the golfer’s paradise of California’s Monterey Peninsula for the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The event routinely attracts the best golfers to compete on the 3 world class courses to decide a winner: Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Pebble Beach Golf Links. The field this year is particularly strong with defending champion Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson all slated to play. Celebrities competing in the pro-am this year include noted sportsmen Wayne Gretzky, Aaron Rodgers, and brothers Eli and Peyton Manning.
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am began as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am in 1937. Crosby, one of the biggest celebrities of his time, was also an avid golfer and helped lend the tournament both its star power and also its laid back feel. Before WWII, the tournament took place in San Diego at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. From the beginning, the tournament attracted the biggest names in golf with Hall of Famer Sam Snead winning the inaugural event. The tournament took a break during WWII, returning in 1947 to its current home on the Monterey Peninsula. The tournament became known colloquially as the “Crosby Clambake” for the customary clambake held before tournament play began.
The format of the tournament sees a concurrent individual professional event and a pro-am better ball event. After 3 rounds, the low 60 scores and any ties advance in the professional event, while the low 25 teams plus ties advance in the pro-am event. The tournament has seen wins from the best golfers in the history of the sport, including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, and Dustin Johnson, among others. Mark O’Meara and Phil Mickelson have the most titles with 5, while Sam Snead can claim 4 wins.
There are many options available for fans looking to watch the action in person. General admission for a single day of the tournament ranges from $60-$70 if bought early, and $80-$90 at the gate. A Good-Any-Day ticket is $80 and a weekly pack of 6 single day costs $150. In addition, general admission for kids 15 & under is free with a ticketed adult. All Active Duty, Military Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, and Veterans may register for up to two complimentary, general admission any-day tickets 4,000 complimentary military tickets are available.
There are also a number of hospitality venues, including the View presented by Grey Goose, a shared hospitality venue located at hole #6 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The View features indoor climate controlled seating as well as patio seating and has food and drinks available for purchase. The advance price is $100-$150, and $120-$170 at the gate. Another shared hospitality venue at Pebble Beach Golf Links is Clint’s Saloon, an indoor/outdoor climate-controlled venue with lunch, snacks, beer, wine and Grey Goose and Patrón cocktails included. Advance tickets to Clint’s Saloon are $250-$350 and the gate price is $270-$370. The most luxurious option is Palmer’s Club 18, a climate-controlled venue with outdoor stadium seating along Pebble Beach’s 18th fairway. The venue is all-inclusive and offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, as well as a premium spirits bar and Napa Valley wines. Tickets to the Palmer’s Club 18 costs $1,000.
Defending Champion Phil Mickelson. photo courtesy of the PGA Tour
Television coverage is provided by Golf Channel and CBS. Coverage of the first 2 rounds are Thursday and Friday, 3-6pm ET on Golf Channel. Saturday coverage begins on Golf Channel, 1-2:45pm ET before ending on CBS from 3-6pm ET. Likewise, Coverage on Sunday begins on Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS from 3-6:30pm ET. The event is also streamed online on PGA Tour Live throughout the tournament with featured groups and holes covered. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and streaming online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.