The field entering the week was considered weak, but Daniel Berger overtook Jordan Spieth and held off Patrick Cantlay – then nipped Maverick McNealy to win an entertaining AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, despite the fact the celebrities weren’t present this year.
Berger clinched the title by burying a 30-footer for eagle (his fourth of the week) on the 72nd hole after a solid 3-wood from 231 metres to beat McNealy, who had birdied the final hole to get into a tie with Berger, by two. Berger’s 3-wood is a TaylorMade M6 with 15 degrees of loft.
Berger’s win continued a solid stretch that dates back to last season’s resumption when he won the Charles Schwab Challenge and included nine top-10s since 2020. After the win at Colonial, Berger noted he had put a renewed emphasis on working on his short game – something that was evident at Pebble Beach as he led the field in scrambling at 87.5 percent, including a spectacular bunker shot at the par-4 15th that kept him tied for the lead.
Berger ranked sixth in strokes gained/off-the-tee with his TaylorMade SIM driver (which he used to drive the fourth green on Saturday) and was seventh in greens in regulation with a split set of irons that have some mileage on them. His Callaway Apex 3-iron is from 2016 and his TaylorMade MC Forged 11 4-iron through pitching wedge date back to 2011. Berger used the irons to hit 77.78 percent of his greens in regulation – the same number he hit during his win in May.
Clearly, there is something to be said for consistency.
What Daniel Berger had in the bag at the 2021 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: TaylorMade SIM, 9 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M6
Irons (3): Callaway Apex 16; (4-PW): TaylorMade MC Forged 11
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (50, 56 degrees); Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (60 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X