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In 1937, Bing Crosby hosted the first National Pro-Am Golf Championship in Southern California at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Sam Snead won the first tournament, then just 18 holes, with a winner’s share of $500. A second round was added in 1938 and was played through 1942. After the war, it resumed in 1947 as a 54-hole event, up the coast on golf courses near Monterey, where it has been played ever since. Beginning that year, it was played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point Club, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club until 1966, which still today are some of the nicest courses in all of golf.  In 1958 the tournament became a 72-hole event.

In 1967, Spyglass Hill replaced Monterey Peninsula CC as the third course (with the exception of 1977, when it returned to MPCC). In 1991, the private Cypress Point Club was dropped by the PGA Tour because it would not admit an African-American member, and was replaced as a tournament venue by Poppy Hills, which hosted through 2009. Poppy Hills was not well received by the players, primarily due to poor drainage, and Monterey Peninsula CC returned to the rotation in 2010.

Fun Fact: Gene Littler holds a unique record in this event. When he won the 1975 event, it marked the only time that a player had won this particular event as a professional after having previously won the pro-amateur portion, which Littler did as a 23-year-old amateur in 1954.

Winners:

 

Year Player Country Score To par First
prize ($)
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2013 Brandt Snedeker  United States 267 –19 1,170,000
2012 Phil Mickelson (4)  United States 269 –17 1,152,000
2011 D. A. Points  United States 271 –15 1,134,000
2010 Dustin Johnson (2)  United States 270 –16 1,116,000
2009 Dustin Johnson  United States 201^ –15 1,098,000
2008 Steve Lowery  United States 278PO –10 1,080,000
2007 Phil Mickelson (3)  United States 268 –20 990,000
2006 Arron Oberholser  United States 271 –17 972,000
2005 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 269 –19 954,000
2004 Vijay Singh  Fiji 272 –16 954,000
2003 Davis Love III (2)  United States 274 –14 900,000
2002 Matt Gogel  United States 274 –14 720,000
2001 Davis Love III  United States 272 –16 720,000
2000 Tiger Woods  United States 273 –15 720,000
1999 Payne Stewart  United States 206^ –10 504,000
1998 Phil Mickelson  United States 202^ –14 450,000
1997 Mark O’Meara (5)  United States 268 –20 342,000
1996 Tournament canceled after two rounds due to weather[3]
1995 Peter Jacobsen  United States 271 –17 252,000
1994 Johnny Miller (3)  United States 281 –7 225,000
1993 Brett Ogle  Australia 276 –12 225,000
1992 Mark O’Meara (4)  United States 275PO –13 198,000
1991 Paul Azinger  United States 274 –14 198,000
1990 Mark O’Meara (3)  United States 281 –7 180,000
1989 Mark O’Meara (2)  United States 277 –11 180,000
1988 Steve Jones  United States 280PO –8 126,000
1987 Johnny Miller (2)  United States 278 –10 108,000
1986 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 205^ –11 108,000
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
1985 Mark O’Meara  United States 283 –5 90,000
1984 Hale Irwin  United States 278PO –10 72,000
1983 Tom Kite  United States 276 –12 58,500
1982 Jim Simons  United States 274 –14 54,000
1981 John Cook  United States 209^ –7 40,500
1980 George Burns  United States 280 –8 54,000
1979 Lon Hinkle  United States 284PO –4 54,000
1978 Tom Watson (2)  United States 280PO –8 45,000
1977 Tom Watson  United States 273 –15 40,000
1976 Ben Crenshaw  United States 281 –7 37,000
1975 Gene Littler  United States 280 –8 37,000
1974 Johnny Miller  United States 208^ –8 27,750
1973 Jack Nicklaus (3)  United States 282PO –6 36,000
1972 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States 284PO –4 28,000
1971 Tom Shaw  United States 278 –10 27,000
1970 Bert Yancey  United States 278 –10 25,000
1969 George Archer  United States 283 –5 25,000  
1968 Johnny Pott  United States 285PO –3 16,000  
1967 Jack Nicklaus  United States 284 –4 16,000  
1966 Don Massengale  United States 283 –5 11,000  
1965 Bruce Crampton  Australia 284 –4 7,500  
1964 Tony Lema  United States 284 –4 5,800  
1963 Billy Casper (2)  United States 285 –3 5,300  
1962 Doug Ford  United States 286PO –2 5,300  
1961 Bob Rosburg  United States 282 –6 5,300  
1960 Ken Venturi  United States 286 –2 4,000  
1959 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 279 –9 4,000  
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship
1958 Billy Casper  United States 277 –11 4,000  
1957 Jay Hebert  United States 213 –3 2,500  
1956 Cary Middlecoff (2)  United States 202 –14 2,500  
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship
1955 Cary Middlecoff  United States 209 –7 2,500  
1954 E.J. “Dutch” Harrison (2)  United States 210 –6 2,000  
1953 Lloyd Mangrum (2)  United States 204 –12 2,000  
Bing Crosby Pro-Am
1952 Jimmy Demaret  United States 145^ +1 2,000  
1951 Byron Nelson  United States 209 –7 2,000  
1950 Jack Burke, Jr.
Dave Douglas
Smiley Quick
Sam Snead (4)
 United States 214 –2 2,000
 
1949 Ben Hogan  United States 208 –8 2,000  
1948 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 205 –10 2,000  
1947 George Fazio
Ed Furgol
 United States 213 2,000
 
1943-46: No tournament due to World War II
1942 Johnny Dawson (am)  United States 133 –11 800  
1941 Sam Snead (3)  United States 136 –8 500  
1940 Ed Oliver  United States 135 –9 500  
1939 E.J. “Dutch” Harrison  United States 138 500  
1938 Sam Snead (2)  United States 139 –5 500  
1937 Sam Snead  United States 68 –4 500  

 Multiple Winners:

  • 5 wins
    • Mark O’Meara: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997
  • 4 wins
    • Sam Snead: 1937, 1938, 1941, 1950 (tie)
    • Phil Mickelson: 1998, 2005, 2007, 2012
  • 3 wins
    • Jack Nicklaus: 1967, 1972, 1973
    • Johnny Miller: 1974, 1987, 1994
  • 2 wins
    • Lloyd Mangrum: 1948, 1953
    • E.J. “Dutch” Harrison: 1939, 1954
    • Cary Middlecoff: 1955, 1956
    • Billy Casper: 1958, 1963
    • Tom Watson: 1977, 1978
    • Davis Love III: 2001, 2003
    • Dustin Johnson: 2009, 2010

In addition, Nicklaus won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1972, Watson in 1982.

Format:

Conducted as a planned 72-hole event, 1958–present. Exceptions are as follows:

  • 18 holes: 1937
  • 36 holes – planned: 1938 to 1942
  • 36 holes – due to bad weather: 1952
  • 54 holes – planned: 1947 to 1951, 1953 to 1957
  • 54 holes – due to bad weather: 1974, 1981, 1986, 1998, 1999 and 2009
    • In 1996, the first 36 holes were played as scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Rain on Saturday and Sunday prevented the completion of the tournament and it was canceled (54 holes required to be official due to three course setup).
    • In 1998, weather conditions prevented the tournament from being finished on schedule (9 holes were played Thursday, 9 on Friday, 18 on Saturday, rain Sunday and Monday). The third round was delayed until August to prevent cancellation similar to 1996. 43 of 168 players withdrew rather than return for the final round.