Golf Glance: Stars are out at Pebble Beach

Field Level Media provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

Ted Potter Jr.
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LAST TOURNAMENT: Waste Management Open (Rickie Fowler)

THIS WEEK: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Feb. 7-10
Pebble Beach, Calif. (Pebble Beach GL – Par 72, 6,816 yards; Spyglass Hill GC – Par 72, 6,960 yards; Monterey Peninsula GC-Shore – Par 71, 6,958 yards)
Purse: $7.6 million (Winner: $1.368M and 500 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Ted Potter Jr.
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS).
The 2019 U.S. Open will be conducted at Pebble Beach for the sixth time in June. … Korean Ho Sung Choi, whose unique “Fisherman Swing” has made him an internet sensation, will make his PGA Tour debut. The 45-year-old turned pro at age 27 and won on the Korean Tour for the first time in 2008. He says the unique swing first came about while swinging out of deep rough in a 2013 tournament. … Dustin Johnson (2) and Phil Mickelson (4) have won a combined six titles at Pebble Beach. Johnson, who won in Saudi Arabia last week, is the only Top 10 player in the field. … Defending champion Larry Fitzgerald and quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan are among the NFL players in the Pro-Am field. … European Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood will make his Pebble Beach debut. … Jordan Spieth was ranked No. 3 entering the tournament last year. He is currently No. 21.

NEXT WEEK: Genesis Open, Los Angeles

LPGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Eun-Hee Ji)

THIS WEEK: ISPS Handa Vic Open, Feb. 7-10
13th Beach Links, Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia (Par 71, 7,261 yards)
Purse: $1.1 million each for men and women (Winners: $165,000 each)
Defending champion: Minjee Lee
CME Globe leader: Eun-Hee Ji
Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. ET; Friday, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. (All times Golf Channel)
The unique format features 156 men and 156 women playing in the same event for equal prize money. The event has taken place since 2012, but this is the first year it is sanctioned by the LPGA. … Each player will play the Beach and Creek Courses once, with the field cut to the top 65 players and ties for both men and women after the second round. The cut will go to the top 35 and ties following the third round. The final two rounds will take place on the Beach Course. … Lee is the top-ranked Australian golfer in the world (No. 7), male or female, and also won the ISPS Handa Vic Open as the top-ranked amateur in the world as a 17-year-old in 2014. … 2018 major champions Georgia Hall and Pernilla Lindberg are in the field along with Australian legend Karrie Webb.

NEXT WEEK: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Grande, South Australia

Champions TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Mitsubishi Electric Championship (Tom Lehman)

THIS WEEK: Oasis Championship, Feb. 8-10
The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla. (Par 72, 6,807 yards)
Purse: $1.7 million (Winner: $255,000)
Defending champion: Mark Calcavecchia
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Tom Lehman
Television: Friday, 12-2:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, 3-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3-5 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
This is the first full-field event of the 2019 season. … Gary Nicklaus, the son of Jack Nicklaus, will make his Champions Tour debut. Gary made 122 starts on the PGA Tour from 1992-2003, with his best finish a runner-up at the 2000 BellSouth Classic. He regained his amateur status in 2007, and won the Palm Beach Count Amateur over then-15-year-old Daniel Berger. … Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen turned 50 on Feb. 3 and will also make his Champions debut. … Bernhard Langer, 61, is the reigning Charles Schwab Cup champion, and his $26,941,504 in career earnings on the Champions tour trails all-time leader Hale Irwin by $179,050.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Chubb Classic, Naples, Fla.

–Derek Harper (@DerekAHarper), Field Level Media

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