2021 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Sleepers and Longshot Picks

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson prepares to hit off the first tee of the South Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am from Monterey, California tees off Thursday, February 11th
  • Five-time champion Phil Mickelson returns to a championship he dominates
  • Read below for analysis of the event and our favorite sleepers and longshot playsย 

With Brooks Koepka returning to the winnerโ€™s circle at last weekโ€™s Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour heads to California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which usually features several amateur celebrities and attracts a decent field for the professionals.

This year the Pro-Am portion of the tournament has been scrapped due to COVID-19 concerns and with Dustin Johnson withdrawing, none of the top ten and just three of the top twenty golfers in the world are teeing it up.

With there being a weak field at this event, finding sleepers and longshots that could break through is trickier because their odds will be much lower than if the big guns were competing, but weโ€™ll attempt to cash a big ticket on three players.

2021 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Sleeper Picks

Golfer Odds to Win Top 10 Odds Top 20 Odds
Phil Mickelson +4700 +490 +220
Brendan Steele +7500 +600 +290
Scott Stallings +9500 +700 +340

All odds taken Feb. 9 at FanDuel

Mickelson Has Owned This Tournament

Thereโ€™s no way to beat around the bush about it โ€“ Phil Mickelson has been playing some really poor golf of late, with nothing better than a T-44 finish in his tournaments on Tour this season. However, something changes in Lefty once he gets onto these hallowed grounds. Heโ€™s won this event a record tying five times in his career and his high finishes havenโ€™t been relegated to many moons ago.

In four of the last five years, Mickelson has placed inside the top-three at Pebble, emerging victorious in 2019, posting two runner-ups in 2016 and 2018 and 2020 was in third place.

Against an incredibly weak field with very little top-tier talent, Mickelson has a tremendous opportunity to snatch another title at his personal playground.

Pick: Phil Mickelson to win outright (+4700)

Brendan Steele Has Returned to Form

In his last three events, Steele has shown much more of a consistent game, with a T-4 showing at the Sony Open where he led after 54 holes, then followed that up with T-21 and T-30 results.

In the last twelve rounds on Tour, Steele ranks second in strokes gained off the tee, third tee-to-green, fifth in ball striking and sixth in total strokes gained.

He hasnโ€™t played this event since way back in 2014, so thereโ€™s no recent course history to glean from. Expecting him to place in the top ten isnโ€™t too tall an order considering the strength of field.

Pick: Brendan Steele Top-10 Finish (+600)

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Stallings With Solid Tournament History

Keeping with the theme of selecting American golfers, given the fact that Canadian Nick Taylor was the first international to win since 2004 last year, Scott Stallings could cash a ticket for a top twenty result.

Excluding a surprising missed cut in 2020, Stallings was really good at this tournament the three previous years.

Those finishes were as follows: T-14th, 7th, 3rd. Unsurprisingly, his strokes gained stats across the board have been solid as well as heโ€™s been in the mix to capture the title.

Scott Stallings Strokes Gained Stats โ€“ Last Eight Rounds at Pebble Beach

Total Tee-to-green Ball Striking Approach Around-the-green Short Game
14 12 17 11 24 25

With three of the four rounds at Pebble Beach this year, compared to the customary two (one course has been taken out of the rotation), excellence at this track will be magnified.

You could even consider attempting to get the extra juice on Stallings for a top ten finish, but his recent play has been fairly spotty so that might be a bit much to ask of him.

Pick: Scott Stallings Top 20 Finish (+340)

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