Snedeker, Johnson, McDowell Already Lining up for 2014 AT&T in Pebble Beach
Jan. 7, 2014
The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which runs the event, recently announced that both 2013 winner Brandt Snedeker and 2009-2010 champ Dustin Johnson have confirmed to play. Also confirming was Graeme McDowell, who won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The tournament will be held Feb. 3-9 at the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach.
One of the keys to Snedeker’s win last year was his play on Pebble’s notoriously tough Cliffs of Doom stretch (Nos. 8-10). While others wilted there, Snedeker played the stretch at 1-under over his two rounds at Pebble.
“I tried to be aggressive on those holes,” said Snedeker, who carded only five bogeys the entire tournament. “The more aggressive you get, the more chances you turn that from a par hole into a birdie hole.”
Another key was simply that Snedeker was the hottest player on the planet at the time. Snedeker was on such a roll coming into the tournament that he shook off what had previously been a mediocre history at the AT&T Pro-Am. Prior to the victory his best finish was a tie for 21st in 2010. In both 2009 and 2011 he missed the cut, while in 2007 and 2008, his only other two appearances, he finished T-58 and T-36, respectively.
Johnson, who captured the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China in November, won the rain-shortened 2009 AT&T by four over Mike Weir. A year later he became only the fifth back-to-back AT&T winner (joining Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Mark O’Meara) after defeating J.B. Holmes and David Duval by a stroke.
One thing that’ll be different for Johnson this time around will be his caddie. During his 2009 and 2010 wins, Johnson had former Pebble Beach caddie Bobby Brown on the bag. This time, he’ll use his younger brother Austin as his caddie.
Austin, 26, was on the bag when Johnson won the HSBC Champions. The elder Johnson enjoyed it so much that he hired Austin full-time.
‘Having my brother on the bag has been cool. I love it,” Johnson told the Associated Press. “He’s my brother. I like having him out here.”
On the other hand, one player who won’t be at the AT&T will be defending Masters champ Adam Scott. Scott, who was recently voted Player of the Year by scribes of the Golf Writers’ Association of America, told the Associated Press that he will take a six-week break following the Sony Open, meaning that he’ll miss the entire West Coast Swing.
Scott’s absence isn’t much of a surprise though. The Aussie’s lone AT&T appearance was in 2010, when he basically came to take a sneak peek at U.S. Open prepped Pebble Beach.
See the field as it commits here.