Golf Rankings for AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8
Over the last six years, Johnson has tallied a pair of wins in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am while only finishing outside of the top seven twice. In 2010 he placed T8 when Pebble Beach hosted the U.S. Open. DJ won the WGC-HSBC Champions in October and will be competing for the first time since placing T6 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Johnson has won at least one tournament a year since becoming a full-time PGA Tour player in 2008; this being the only event he’s won multiple times.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
Day returned to Pebble Beach last year after skipping the event in 2011 and 2012. He notched a solo sixth, his second such result in four Pro-Ams. The last time Day suited up, he earned a share of second at Torrey Pines. Going back to last year’s PGA Championship, Day has tallied eight top-15s in nine OWGR eligible events.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #18
After starting the year off with a share of second at Abu Dhabi, Mickelson withdrew midway from Torrey Pines with lower back pain and placed outside of the top 40 as the defending champ at TPC Scottsdale. Lefty struggled at Pebble Beach last year, but has been otherwise impressive. He’s won the Pro-Am four times since 1998, most recently in 2012. Mickelson also owns a pair of top-10s from 2010 and 2011 as well as a T4 in the 2010 U.S. Open.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #134
Over the last three years, Mahan has finished T16, T15 and solo second at Pebble Beach. The last two years saw him sitting inside the top five after two rounds of play only to take a small step back over the weekend. After a disappointing T47 to start his season at Torrey Pines, Mahan put together a T4 last week at TPC Scottsdale.
Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #32
Walker won a fall series tournament and captured last month’s Sony Open. He missed the cut at Torrey Pines, but is playing a tournament that’s been very kind to him. Over the last three years Walker has placed T3, T9 and T9 at Pebble Beach.
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
In his Pebble Beach debut last year, Spieth finished with a respectable T22. He was the runner-up in the Tournament of Champions and surprisingly missed the cut in the Sony Open. Spieth rebounded at Torrey Pines with a solid T19, shooting the best round of the tournament on the second day.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #17
Snedeker is the defending champ at Pebble Beach and placed T8 in the 2010 U.S. Open. Unfortunately, his recent level of play is a concern. After a T11 in the Tournament of Champions, he’s yet to finish better than 58th in three consecutive starts while missing one cut. Snedeker sorely needs his elite putter to awaken if he intends to seriously defend his title.
Chris Kirk [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #53
Kirk is coming off a bad run at TPC Scottsdale, but recently finished as the runner-up in the Sony Open. Last year at Pebble Beach he also claimed the number two position. In that event Kirk matched a tournament-best round of 8-under 64 on the third day.
Kevin Stadler [Yahoo Class C]
Stadler is coming off his first PGA Tour victory last week at TPC Scottsdale and will get to play the Masters with his father Craig Stadler, who won at Augusta back in 1982. Stadler has played Pebble Beach each of the last three years and has seen his finish improve from T55 to T25 to last year’s T3.
Pat Perez [Yahoo Class A]
It’s been several years since Perez has played well at Pebble Beach; his last top-25 came back in 2008. However, he has recorded three finishes of 11th or better in his four appearances this year, highlighted by a share of second at Torrey Pines.
Patrick Reed [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13
Reed won the Humana Challenge in mid-January and placed inside the top 20 last week at TPC Scottsdale. He played Pebble Beach for the first time last year and scored an impressive T7 result. The 23-year-old Reed has already won two PGA Tour events, but showed last year that he’s capable of missing a ton of cuts.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #70
McDowell is playing the Pro-Am for the first time since missing the cut back in 2006. His last trip to Pebble Beach, however, was a victory in the 2010 U.S. Open. This week will be McDowell’s first OWGR eligible tournament of 2014.
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