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Pebble Beach 2014 Preview

January 30, 2014

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament is almost upon us once again, with practice rounds scheduled to begin on Monday February 3rd. Tuesday's Charity Shoot-Out will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the SF Giants, in a five-hole round that tees off after lunch.

Pebble Beach

Brandt Snedeker will defend his 2013 win, and an array of celebrities (some more recognizable than others, of course) will team up with the pros for the PGA Tour event that Bing Crosby founded in the 1930's. It's pros-only for the individual event, but the progress of the pro-am teams is usually a source of entertainment. Odds on the winners will be available nearer the time, and savvy betting fans may want to use a comparison site like http://bookmakers.co.uk for free bet offers and the best prices. Here we'll look at the pros that are likely to do well, and reveal a few celebs you're likely to recognize this year!

Brandt Snedeker

Snedeker, 33, had an excellent 2013, winning the RBC Canadian Open as well as the Pebble Beach event. The Nashville born player is ranked fourth in the world and also did well at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Farmers Insurance Open last year, finishing second in both. He'll be a solid bet for Pebble Beach this year.

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson has serious history at this tournament, having won four times since 1998. His most recent victory was 2012, when the Californian native pulled himself together to win by two strokes. Last year, Mickelson managed to up his ranking from a low of 22 to his current position - fourth. His experience at Pebble Beach, as well as his recent form, makes him a good bet again this year.

Padraig Harrington

Longer shots will include Ireland's Padraig Harrington. His overall form has slipped in the last few seasons, but he did well at Pebble Beach in 2012, finishing seventh overall, and tied for first in the Pro-Am event. The 42-year old Dubliner is ranked 130 in the world, and recently stated that he thought sports stars were overpaid and that he'd "certainly play for free".

Jim Furyk

You'll get shorter odds on Jim Furyk, currently 21st in the world. The Pennsylvania-born 43-year old has come within spitting distance of glory in the last two years, without quite attaining it. He was PGA Player Of The Year in 2010, but choked at the 2012 US Open on the final day. Last year's PGA Championship was a similar story for Furyk - perhaps he's due a resurgence?

Celebs

Celebs to look out for this year will include Don Cheadle (Ocean's Eleven, Hotel Rwanda), ice hockey god Wayne Gretsky, and Ray "Everybody Loves Raymond" Romano, as well as a whole bunch of folks you never heard of. Enjoy!




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