Like the Masters at Augusta National, Jordan Spieth is a horse for the course at Pebble Beach (and Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula) despite just one win on property.
Counting the 2019 U.S. Open exclusively at Pebble Beach, Spieth has never missed a cut on property in 10 appearances.
The Texan’s triumph came in 2017 when he blitzed the field for a four-shot victory. He opened with a 3-under 68 at Monterey Peninsula before really heating up at Spyglass Hill with a 7-under 65 and at Pebble Beach with a 7-under 65 and a Sunday bogey-free 70 where he took few risks and coasted to victory.
“What’s not to love as a golfer here?” Spieth asked rhetorically in 2021, as transcribed by ASAP Sports.
"“So I’ve loved this tournament, obviously finding success at this tournament has been really, really cool, just as a golf lover and someone who enjoys the history and the architecture of golf courses. So I’m happy that it’s been good to me over the years.”"
The 29-year-old has never finished outside the top 22 in nine starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Spieth’s finished inside the top 10 the last three years and was expected to get it done last year before Tom Hoge stole the show and delegated Spieth to solo second.
Last year, Spieth fired 68 at Monterey, 70 at Spyglass, and 63-69 at Pebble.
He has yet to play on the West Coast Swing this year and comes in well-rested after two weeks off since missing the cut at the Sony Open. Spieth took T-13th the week prior at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Spieth was strong last season on short-yardage approach proximity, which is an indicator of success at Pebble. He was 19th from 75-100 yards (15’2”), 19th from 100-125 (17’6”), and 15th from 50-125 (16’9”).
As long as he can get the putter to cooperate a little on bumpy poa annua greens, Spieth will be back in contention yet again.