Get ready for an endless number of panoramas of Monterey Bay and just as many shots of the rich and famous hacking up the courses of the AT&T Pebble Beach National-Pro Am.
I'll focus on Pebble Beach here, but as you know, Spyglass (harder) and Monterey Peninsula (much easier) are each played once by competitors during the first three days of competition prior to the Saturday cut.
The 6,816-yard, par-72 track is one of the most acclaimed and iconic venues in U.S. golf. Amateurs Jack Neville and Douglas Grant's masterwork has been a regular tour stop since 1947.
Remember: This is a resort course, so fairways are relatively generous the rough isn't overly penal. Greens are tiny and steeply sloped (and they're poa annua). Areas around the putting surfaces are tricky and bunkers abound. But with generous pins (this is a pro-am, after all) Pebble is ultimately a putting contest.
As with all coastal venues, wind and weather could play a factor. Expect to hear “marine layer" more times than you'd care to this week.
Creme de la creme
Dustin Johnson: $11.800
Save $200 and roster Dustin Johnson over Jordan Spieth. While Spieth is a better putter, to be sure, Johnson will pitch and putt his way around Pebble Beach, where his track record is stellar. 36th in strokes gained: putting last season and third in strokes gained: tee-to-green, DJ ought to have recovered from a jet-laggy missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago.