After top-ranked Dustin Johnson withdraws, No. 11 Patrick Cantlay rates as top player in event that bars amateurs amid COVID-19
At No. 11 in the world ranking, Patrick Cantlay will headline this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which begins Thursday in Pebble Beach, Calif. That’s after the withdrawal of No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson, who won the European Tour’s Saudi International on Sunday.
Players will compete at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course for the first two rounds before the 36-hole cut sends the low 65 and ties to Pebble Beach for the weekend rounds. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, no amateurs will be competing, so only two courses will be used, with Monterey Peninsula Country Club out of the rotation.
Cantlay, a native Californian who played college golf at UCLA, will be paired with Australia’s Jason Day and South Korea’s Si Woo Kim at 10:20 a.m. PST Thursday on the No. 1 tee at Pebble Beach. Day has posted consistently high results at Pebble Beach – six finishes of sixth or better – but has yet to win at the iconic Monterey Peninsula oceanfront setting. Kim won the American Express three weeks ago.
Jordan Spieth, the 2017 Pebble Beach champion, will join fellow American Rickie Fowler and Canada’s Nick Taylor, the defending champion, in the 10:09 pairing on No. 1 at Pebble Beach. Phil Mickelson, a two-time Pebble Beach champion who has finished first (2019) or second in three of the past five years, will join England’s Paul Casey and Max Homa, another emerging young Californian, in the 9:03 pairing on No. 10 at Spyglass Hill (tee times).
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