Pebble Beach Golf Links is a national treasure for most golfers, kind of Augusta National for the rest of us. We’ll never get a chance to play at the home of the Masters, but with the right determination and the right bank account, most golfers in the country would love to play Pebble Beach.

Which is why it is so interesting that so few of the top players on the PGA Tour are playing at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week.

But the lack of a strong field at one of the fabled courses and fabled tournaments on the PGA Tour this week points to the trouble the tour has in protecting some of its events while pushing for a more global game anchored by marquee events.

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Consider that the Pebble Beach tournament will award 30 world ranking points to its winner this week based on strength of field. Last week, the Waste Management Phoenix Open awarded 58 points to winner Brooks Koepka, and the Saudi International event on the European Tour awarded 54 points to winner Dustin Johnson.

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