Pebble Beach Pro-Am format and rules: Two different titles up for grabs on Sunday

Harry How

The PGA tour makes its annual stop to pick up a few amateur golfers to play along side the professionals for a long weekend.

Pro Ted Potter Jr. is tied atop the leaderboard at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as the tournament heads into its third round on Saturday.


The Pro-Am is a refreshing exercise on the PGA Tour where amateurs play alongside the golfing professionals for a minimum of three days. The pros and the amateurs are paired up by the Pebble Beach tournament officials into 52 two-man teams that rotate playing on one of the three courses each day. On the last day of the tournament, those teams that make the 54-hole cut play on the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The amateurs are not amateurs in the sense of the average American, but usually celebrities and other very rich people who can afford to play on world-class golf courses whenever they please. One of the other trademarks of the tournament is poor weather, but that hasn't been as big of a problem this year and the weather in California is expected to remain clear over the rest of the weekend.

After the final round on Sunday, the low 60 scorers make the individual cut for the tournament title, money and FedEx Cup points that are distributed each week on the tour. Only professionals are allowed to compete in the individual cut. The pro-amateurs also have a separate team cut, with the 25 teams with the lowest score also playing at Pebble Beach on Sunday to compete for a separate trophy.

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