Pro-Am AT&T Pebble Beach 2023 standings, scores: Hank Lebioda unexpectedly took the lead after shooting 63 points in the first half.
The long run of the first three days of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am got off to a hot start on Thursday as four golfers hit seven points below or above and rose to the top of the leaderboard. While no big names or superstars have emerged yet, a board of directors has begun to form at Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula and Spyglass Hill.
Hank Lebioda took the lead after hitting 8 under 63, but he was closely followed by Kurt Kitayama, Chad Ramey and Harry Hall, all of whom hit 7 under on various golf courses. Martin Trainer, Eric Cole and Aaron Baddeley form a team that shoots under 6 and backs a little further.
Let’s take a closer look at Lebioda’s big first day and what’s to come for him and the rest of the field for the rest of the week.
1. Hank Lebioda (-8)
Lebioda shot 63 at the Monterey Peninsula on Thursday, the easiest of the three courts used in the first three innings. It’s likely that the first round lead will come from this course, but that doesn’t detract from what Lebioda did on Thursday. He birdies half of the holes he’s played, goes out 3 under and goes home 5 under for 63 (Monterey Peninsula, interestingly, plays as a par 34 up front. and par 37 in the back). It’s the best score he’s shot all season and only the second round he’s scored in the 60s in six leagues.
“Feels like everything [was going right], to be honest with you,” Lebioda said. “Let’s hit a lot of great irons. I took shots when I was close. It was just a beautiful day. It was a really nice day.”
Lebioda winning this week will be shocking. He hasn’t made a single cut this year and has only cracked 70 once. Now to go out and compete against some of the best players in the world at a place like Pebble? Updated odds suggest that others are as skeptical as I am, but that would be a Lebioda story that could continue.
T2. Kurt Kitayama, Chad Ramey, Harry Hall (-7)
T5. Coach Martin, Eric Cole, Aaron Baddeley (-6)
T8. Scott Stallings, Ben Martin, Kyle Westmoreland, Keith Mitchell, Harry Higgs (-5)
The good news for Lebioda is that the players behind him are not too strong. Stallings can be a problem — he’s played some really great golf in 2022 — but other than that there’s nothing to fear here.
Where are the stars?
That begs the question of where Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland are after 18 holes. Hovland leads the group by shooting two shots at Spyglass Hill. Spieth and Fitzpatrick hit 1 under on the same golf course (more in a minute on why that’s better than it looks).
“Spyglass is hard, it’s a tough test,” Spieth said. “I should have done better on the first nine holes. It was really easy. Then I thought I played the last nine very well. The last four holes or something like that was weird. It goes. from nothing to flipping and then suddenly blowing about 25 degrees in a different direction from what was predicted. That throws us into a big loop when you’re preparing for something and you have to make adjustments. ”
“I know one thing, Monterey usually has the lowest GPA and I have to try to come back to it tomorrow,” he added later.
Here are three averages on Thursday’s golf courses.
- Monterey Peninsula: 69.8
- Pebble Beach: 71.0
- Spy Glass Hill: 72.7
In Spieth’s opinion, shooting 71 points at Spyglass is roughly equivalent to shooting 69 points at Pebble Beach. GPA is probably more important in this tournament than in any other event on the PGA Tour. When the Hovland-Spieth-Fitzpatrick trio head to Monterey on Friday, where the average is almost three strokes easier in Round 1, it’s worth watching.
2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am gets updated odds and selections
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
- Keith Mitchell: 15/2
- VIktor Hovland: 10-1
- Kurt Kitayama: 11-1
- Matt Fitzpatrick: 16-1
- Jordan Spieth: 16-1
- Harry Hall: 18-1
We can go on and stop right there. My favorites are Fitzpatrick and Spieth at 16-1. They have only lost to Hovland once after playing the same course, which for me makes no difference shown on the betting table here. Spieth is such a threat at this tournament, and he picked his favorite course — Pebble Beach — for the final 36 holes. If he shoots 66 or 67 on Friday at Monterey, then he will have to miss the weekend.