The second Signature Event of the 2024 season has come to an early end at Pebble Beach this weekend due to inclement weather limiting play to 54 holes. We can now take a look at the true winners and losers of this week's event.
Pebble Beach Winners
The undisputed winner this week is the main man himself, Wyndham Clark. Clark finished the last three holes in one under to miss out on shooting a 59. Clark left all three of his first putts short by a few inches, meaning he was around 12 inches away from shooting a 57. Marginal.
With his score of 60, he rocketed up the leaderboard on moving day and snatched the lead with 18 holes to play. Normally a player in this circumstance has to sleep on their lead, stew over it all night, and come out Sunday morning for a nerve-wracking 18 holes which tests their mettle.
Not for Wyndham. Instead, the PGA Tour cut the event short and Clark was crowned the champion without hitting another ball. We will never know if Clark would have been able to defend his one-shot lead in the fourth round, but luck was certainly on his side this week.
Despite last year's issues, JT has started this season strong with a T3 at The American Express and now a 13-under, T6, at Pebble Beach. JT looked good, shooting 68-67-68.
JT's game looked strong throughout, leading the field in scrambling (9/9), ranking third in greens in regulation (45/54), and fourth in driving distance (309.4 yards). JT was in the middle of the pack with his putting which illustrates how easily he could have gained a few shots and been in contention for the win.
Last season Hoge played 33 events on the PGA Tour and made the cut in 23 of them. Of those 23, Hoge managed just four top tens and ended 46th in the FedEx Cup rankings. The last of those top tens took place at the 2023 Players Championship in March which means he was outside that first leaderboard in the next 24 events.
Hoge shot 66-66 on Friday and Saturday which flew him up the leaderboard to break his unfortunate streak and finish at -13 and T6 alongside fine company with JT, Jason Day, and Scottie Scheffler.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Losers
For most young golfers taking on their first full season on the PGA Tour, finishing second place, being one off the lead, and winning $2,160,000 would be a good result. In fact, Ludvig may be one of the only players who would consider this to be a loss.
At close of play on Saturday, Ludvig was sat just one stroke behind Wyndham Clark with 18 holes to play. Ludvig, like many others, would have felt confident of his ability to make up this difference in the fourth round and secure another PGA Tour win.
Unfortunately for Aberg, the weather had other ideas. Bad weather unusually called for the event to come to an early end without another ball being teed up. Whilst this would have resulted in celebrations for Clark, Ludvig was denied a chance at earning his second PGA Tour win in only his 16th start.
With a closing 9 holes of 34 on Saturday (compared to Clark's 32), Ludvig will be thinking he may have left one or two chances out there which would have proved crucial.
In a similar style to Ludvig, Pavon will be spending a few days lamenting the weather. Pavon finished two strokes back from Clark and was also denied Sunday's contest to win his second PGA Tour title.
With his victory at the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open, Pavon is the man in form. Pavon also made history by becoming the first French golfer to win on the PGA Tour since 1907. Sadly for France, they will have to wait a little longer for their next one.
Alongside Pavon, Dunlap has been making the early 2024 golfing headlines after winning The American Express and becoming the first amateur to win on the PGA Tour since Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open.
Immediately after his amateur win Dunlap turned professional and Pebble Beach was his first start as a pro. Thankfully for Dunlap, this was a no-cut event. Dunlap finished at +8 in 80th (last) position. Dunlap will luckily be taking home his first pay cheque of $32,000.
Whilst he may have already guaranteed an exemption on the PGA Tour through the 2026 season with his win, he will need to improve to compete at this new level.
The PGA Tour turns to the WM Phoenix Open this week followed by the third Signature Event the following week with The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club.