A century is quite a long time, but an even longer time as the oldest golf links in America. Pebble Beach Golf Links opened up in 1919, and since then has seen millions of shots hit and missed through the years. Though the course is the definition of grace and beauty, it can be downright savage at times. In 2000 Tiger Woods won the 100th U.S. Open at -12 under par, finishing 15 strokes ahead of second place. In the century that Pebble Beach Golf Links has been open, it has hosted five U.S. Opens (1972,1982,1992, 2000, and 2010), one PGA Championship (1977) and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 1947.
This year Pebble Beach Golf Links will also be home to the 119th U.S. Open. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is played on three different courses ( Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and Pebble Beach Golf Links) for the first three rounds and finishes on Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday. 156 professionals and 156 amateurs are paired in twosomes and are split up between the three courses. The cut is made at the 54 hole mark for both the professionals and amateurs.
Season after season players looks forward to seeing the iconic views and challenging layouts that Pebble Beach has to offer. Players such as defending champion Ted Potter Jr, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. Last year Ted Potter Jr. bested the then World Number 1 Dustin Johnson by three shots, cruising to his first victory since 2012 at the Greenbrier Classic. World Number 3 Dustin Johnson is coming off a very big win on the European Tour. Last week he won the inaugural Saudi Arabia International at -19 under par for his first official European Tour victory. Johnson’s game seems to be traveling well and this week will look to add another victory to his total. He finished runner up last year and has won here two times in the past ( 2009/ 2010) and will be striving for back-to-back wins.
Jason Day will be looking to finally break through at Pebble Beach this week. Since 2010 Day has finished in the top 10 four times and was a runner up last year alongside Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Chez Reavie. Phil Mickelson is a four-time winner of this event (1998, 2005, 2007, and 2012). With Mickelson’s past success he will look to be the first player to win both the pro-am and a major in the same year since Tiger Woods in 2000.