And guess who the defending champ is? Mickelson, that's who. But if Mickelson is to win this week - or any other time this year on the PGA Tour - he'll have to buck his own recent history.
In each of the three preceding seasons, Mickelson won early in the year, then didn't win again in a PGA Tour event. In 2010, he won The Masters in April and didn't win again. In 2011, he won the Shell Houston Open the first week of April and didn't win again. In 2012, he won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in mid-February and didn't win again.
And in 2013, Mickelson has won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February. Will he win again on the PGA Tour this year?
Others in the field at Pebble Beach include Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington and Nick Watney.
Snedeker seems due for a win soon. In four starts so far in 2013, he has three Top 3 finishes. That includes second-place showings at each of the two previous tour stops.
Vijay Singh is also currently showing on the field list. Singh withdrew from the Phoenix Open last week after the deer antler spray story broke.
Elsewhere in the world of golf, the European Tour is in South Africa for the Joburg Open (Branden Grace is defending champ). And the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open (co-sanctioned by the LET and ALPG) has Lydia Ko and Cheyenne Woods. A smattering of LPGA players is also there, trickling into the region ahead of next week's LPGA opener in Australia.
Check our AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tourney page for the list of past champions plus more event info.