Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Phil Mickelson is the defending champion at Pebble Beach. Photo:
Course specialist Phil Mickelson  returns to Pebble Beach for the AT & T National Pro-Am starting on Friday morning (AEST) not only looking to defend the title that he won twelve months ago, but also bidding for his fifth win at the event. The 42 year-old has an obvious liking for the Pebble Beach Golf Links - played over the Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill Golf Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore courses - and shot a course record equalling 62 at Spyglass Hill in 2005, while he also finished in a tie for 4th at the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach. Add to that the fact that Mickelson proved that he is is good form with  won the Phoenix Open last week and he is the man to beat this week.

Another player with good form here is Dustin Johnson , who lifted the trophy here in 2009 and 2010 in addition to another three top ten’s from six career starts. He has already tasted success this year after winning the season opening Tournament Of Champions in Hawaii.

Although he is yet to win during the current campaign, Brandt Snedeker  is arguably the form player on the tour and is another that will fancy his chances this week. He has finished second in his last two events but his best result here was only a tie for 21st three years ago.

Australia’s charge will be led by Jason Day , while PGA Tour regulars Aaron Baddeley  and Geoff Ogilvy  are amongst the other Aussies in the field.

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