The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is one of the must-see PGA tournaments and it’s a wide-open betting field.
Jordan Spieth and Matt Fitzpatrick top golf betting markets at +900, so it’s anyone’s tournament.
Pebble Beach is an iconic venue and it should make for a great four days of action this week.
Expectations have always been high for Maverick McNealy, who we expect to win on the PGA Tour in 2023.
The 27-year-old American graduated from Stanford, so he’s got something to fall back on, but he should still have a drive to win.
He comes off a tidy performance for T31 at the Farmers Insurance Open, and although he didn’t play well on Sunday, it was a good follow-up from his Sony Open showing.
We were impressed with his T7 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii. McNealy wasn’t facing an overly hard field, but much like the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he could take advantage of the bigger names sitting out.
He’s looking at places where he can improve off the course to help his game.
“Dialing in on-course nutrition and just everything,” McNealy said. “Looking at sleep, how do I sleep better and optimize the rest/recovery so I could push myself hard during the day. There are just a lot of aspects. Just trying to find that one percent everywhere I look.”
His golf odds are +1800, so he’s being respected and we wouldn’t leave him out of selections.
- Pick: Maverick McNealy +1800
Time for Hovland to Shine
Viktor Hovland is currently ranked 11th in the world, but there’s a case to be made that he’s slightly overrated.
The Norwegian golfer owns three PGA Tour victories, but all three were being played when a bigger tournament was on that week. He won the Mayakoba Classic twice and the Puerto Rico Open, so he needs to win a higher-graded event.
His best win came in the 2021 BMW International Open on the European Tour, but once again, he defeated an out-of-form Martin Kaymer, so there are concerns about how well his wins stack up.
Therefore, it’s time for Hovland to prove us wrong and go out and do his business at Pebble Beach. He is one of the better players in the world based on rankings, so the +1100 with the sportsbook is a value price.
He plays well at courses like Pebble Beach, so he should make a good start and be right around the top of the leaderboard.
- Pick: Viktor Hovland +1100
Don’t Forget About Byeong-Hun
The South Korean 31-year-old was the youngest player to ever win the U.S. Amateur, and although he has yet to win on the PGA Tour, he owns a European Tour win and he has been beaten twice in a playoff on the PGA Tour.
He lost to Bryson DeChambeau in the 2018 Memorial, which was a quality effort, and although his form has tapered off since, he still has ability.
He finished T21 at the 2021 Open Championship, suggesting he can still compete at the top level, and this isn’t a hot field. He’s good enough to get his golf game back on track and cash in for bettors at mammoth odds.
It would be the biggest upset since we predicted Phil Mickelson to win the 2021 PGA Championship, so upsets can happen.
- Pick: An Byeong-Hun +12500