The PGA Tour returns to the Monterey Peninsula in northern California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The event

The starting field consists of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs. Each pro is paired with an amateur. On the first three days 156 two-man teams will play a better-ball format with one round on each of three courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club). The pros’ scores also count in an individual stroke-play format. On Sunday, the low 60 professionals and ties and the low 25 pro-am teams play a final round at Pebble Beach.

The outlook

Two-time event champion Dustin Johnson returns stateside off a runner-up finish last week at the Saudi International to head up the field at 6/1 (William Hill). Johnson has finished seventh or better in this event in eight of 12 appearances including two wins (2009, ’10) and two runners-up (2014, ’18). He’s tough to bet at such a short price. Perhaps the jet lag from the Middle East gets him off to a slow start. Bettors may get better value on him with in-progress wagering.

Patrick Cantlay, currently ranked No. 8 in the world, follows as the second choice at 10/1 as he and Johnson are the only two Top-10-ranked players in this week’s field. Paul Casey (18/1) has finished in the top 10 here each on the last two years, including a runner-up last year.

Worth a wager

Brandt Snedeker (20/1): Snedeker won this event in 2013 and ’15 and was fourth in 2017. He also finished eighth here in the 2010 U.S. Open. Pebble Beach tends to have a strong correlation with Torrey Pines in San Diego, and Snedeker finished third there two weeks ago and claimed wins at Torrey Pines back in 2012 and ’16.

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Viktor Hovland (30/1): He’s one of the short favorites to win rookie of the year on the PGA Tour this season. The 22-year-old already has had a great deal of success at Pebble Beach. In 2018, he won the U.S. Amateur here. Last year, he tied for 12th at the U.S. Open and ended up being the low amateur.

Jordan Spieth (35/1): Spieth is a former winner here three years ago. Clearly he hasn’t been in the best of form as he has fallen to No. 55 in the world. A return to a course where he has had previous success could be just what the doctor ordered, and at this price, he’s worth a stab.

Cameron Champ (35/1): Champ has already won on Poa Annua greens in a West Coast event, having captured the Safeway Open last fall in Napa Valley.

Max Homa (50/1): Homa is in good recent form — sixth last week at Scottsdale and ninth the week prior at Torrey Pines. He finished 10th here at this event last year.

Kevin Na (65/1): A big price here for a player who’s is the sixth-highest-rated in the field in the world rankings (28th).

Jimmy Walker (125/1): Walker is a former winner here back in 2014. He also has five Top 10s here in his last nine appearances.