Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Phil Mickelson
With three guaranteed rounds around the Monterey Peninsula, expect some extremely close matchup bets that won’t be determined until Sunday afternoon.
I’ve identified three of them that should have some value, taking players with experience and/or form who can each be had at even-money or better.
Here are my three tournament matchups for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am:
Phil Mickelson over Matt Kuchar (Even)
No, it wasn’t a strong performance for Mickelson last week, who was working on a local driving range not long after missing the Waste Management Phoenix Open cut on Friday afternoon.
But I do love the fact that he immediately went back to work in search of finding his swing for this one. For a guy who’s won at Pebble four times (and should’ve won a fifth in 2016), it’s hard to believe he’ll post back-to-back stinkers. Meanwhile, you could almost see the magic evaporating off Kuchar’s clubs down the stretch in Phoenix.
After getting himself into contention for a third title this season, he lost some mojo in a hurry. And this doesn’t feel like the place he’d regain it: Following a six-year absence at this event, he’s finished MC-62 the last two years.