Defending champ, Canadian Nick Taylor returns to Pebble Beach

Posted on February 11, 2021

The PGA Tour season continues to roll on, and the competitors are set to make their way to Pebble Beach, California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that will start Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 14. Canadian Nick Taylor won this event in 2020 and will look to defend his title this weekend and is one of four total competitors from Canada playing this weekend.

There continue to be bumps along the road as the tour continues through the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically celebrities will compete at this event, but that part of it will not happen in the 2021 version. In addition, the event will only be played on two courses instead of the usual three. The golfers will compete at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course but will not play at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

Thursday’s first round is set to get started at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Canadians in the field

Four Canadian golfers will be competing at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am including Taylor, Roger Sloan, David Hearn and Michael Gligic. Here’s a preview of where each of them are at heading into the opening round of play.

Nick Taylor

Taylor’s performance in last year’s event was his second victory on the PGA Tour. His previous victory came in 2014 when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship. In last season’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Taylor shot a -19, which was four strokes ahead of Kevin Streelman, who finished in second place.

In the 2021 season, Taylor’s best finish came in January when he placed in a tie for 11th in the Hawaii Sony Open. In his last time out, he failed to make the cut in last weekend’s Phoenix Open, shooting a 70 in each of his first two rounds.

Taylor’s first round will get started on Thursday at 1:09 p.m. ET, and he will be paired with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler on hole No. 1 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Roger Sloan

Sloan competed in this event twice in his career and failed to make the cut both times in 2015 and 2019. So far this season, Sloan’s top performance came in November when he tied for 16th at the Bermuda Championship. In his last PGA Tour event, he tied for 53rd at the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 31.

Sloan will get his weekend started at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course’s 10th hole on Thursday at 12:36 p.m. ET with Nelson Ledesma and Kamaiu Johnson.

David Hearn

This will be Hearn’s seventh consecutive appearance at Pebble Beach and ninth overall. In eight events, he has missed the cut in six of them including each of the last four. Hearn’s best performance this season came at the Bermuda Championship where he tied for eight place. He missed the cut in his last event, which was the Farmers Insurance Open.

Hearn will compete alongside Chris Kirk and Johnson Wagner at 11:41 a.m. ET on Thursday. He will start at the 10th hole at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

Michael Gligic

Gligic competed in this event for the first time in 2020 and made the cut, finishing in 55th place at -1 through four rounds. His top performance this season came at the Bermuda Championship where he finished in a tie for 11th place. Since then, Gligic missed the cut in five straight events including the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 31.

Gligic will start his day at 12:36 p.m. ET on Thursday at the Pebble Beach Golf Links’ 10th hole with Dominic Bozzelli and Akshay Bhatia.

Pebble Beach Pro-Am Betting Info

Oddsmakers analyzed their data and came up with the numbers heading into Thursday’s first round. Here’s a look at some of the betting options available. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.

Winner

Patrick Cantlay is the betting favorite at +750 odds to win this event before a significant dropoff with Daniel Berger and Paul Casey tied for second at +1400. Will Zalatoris is at +1800, and Jason Day rounds out the top five at +2000.

Among the Canadians, Taylor has the best chance to win the tournament, though it’s a longshot at +8000. Sloan is at +17500, while Hearn and Gligic are at +60000 to come out on top.

Top Past Champion

Nine players who have won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am are competing in this year’s tournament, and there are odds on which player will finish the best among the group. Spieth is the favorite at +175 with Phil Mickelson at +300 and Taylor at +500 to round out the top three.

Nationality Prop

There is a nationality prop available where bettors can choose which Canadian golfer will finish the best among the four. Taylor is the favorite at +138, Sloan’s odds are at +200, Hearn is at +400 and Gligic has +550 odds.

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