(February 6, 2019) – Phil Mickelson will compete in his 23rd AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, beginning tomorrow. Pebble Beach has treated Phil well over the years. How well? 10 top-10 finishes, 360 birdies, and four wins, along with being the tournament’s all-time earnings leader. A fifth win would tie him atop the all-time list at Pebble Beach with Mark O’Meara.
Phil also has scored second-place finishes in this event in two of the last three years. Last year where he finished tied for second three shots back of Ted Potter Jr., and in 2016 he finished in solo second one stroke behind winner Vaughn Taylor.
“It can be a difficult golf course, but it’s also a course you if you’re playing well, you’ll make some birdies,” Mickelson said last year.
Pebble Beach is also the host of the U.S. Open June, the only Major that has alluded Phil throughout his illustrious career. Longtime golf broadcaster Jim Nantz went on record recently to predict that Phil will win the U.S. Open at Pebble this year. “I think he’s going to win at Pebble, how about that? I want to put that on the record, right now,” he said.
It turns out Phil has family ties at Pebble Beach as well as his maternal grandfather, Al Santos, was one of the first caddies at the course. “What an American dream,” said Nantz on the connection with Mickelson and Santos. “The story is too good and his record is too good there for me to overlook it.”
Phil’s birthday also happens to be Sunday of the U.S. Open.
It’s not just Pebble Beach where Phil plays well, he’s had success on the West Coast overall. 11 of Lefty’s 43 PGA TOUR wins have come in California, including seven runner-up finishes.