Golf Rankings for AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
The first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am are played across three different courses. After playing one round at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the top-60 players goes back to Pebble for the final day of action. The Pebble Beach course has hosted the U.S. Open Championship a total of five times, most recently in 2000 and 2010.
In addition to beating a field of 18 in the Chevron World Challenge, Woods finished third in both the Australian Open and last month’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his most recent start. Tiger won this event back in 2000, but hasn’t competed in the pro-am since 2002. He captured the 2000 U.S. Open and finished T4 when the event returned in 2010. Tiger certainly looks back to form and managers should be willing to fully commit this week.
Following a meltdown that cost him a victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Levin will look to rebound quickly like Kyle Stanley just did, going from choke artist to tournament winner in a week's time. In the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Levin finished T4 last year and T14 in 2009. In between, he blew a top-20 finish with a poor final round and finished T46.
Bryce Molder [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #138
All signs point to a big result from Molder this week. In his last two pro-am starts at Pebble Beach, he’s finished T6 and T10. Four starts into the season Molder has recorded three top-15 finishes. With the momentum and a strong recent history in this event, Molder is a guy to target.
In addition to winning this event last year, Points began 2012 with three top-12 finishes, including a pair of top-10s. He’s coming off a T45 last week, but has been playing well enough to trust. Points currently ranks 10th in greens in regulation percentage, 15th in strokes gained – putting and 16th in birdie average.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #118
After two straight finishes outside of the top 60 at Pebble Beach, Mahan was last year’s runner-up. Following his T6 at the Farmers Insurance Open, Mahan missed the cut at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, an event on the European Tour. Mahan finished fourth in All-Around Ranking last year.
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #168
Last year’s T6 marks Watney’s best finish and second top-10 in eight career starts in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He struggled mightily in the 2010 U.S. Open, finishing 76th. In two starts this season Watney has yet to impress. He finished T12 in a field of 26 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and T60 at the Farmers Insurance Open after sitting T12 following the second round.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8
In four career pro-am starts at Pebble Beach, Johnson has a pair of wins and three top-10s. DJ had the lead entering the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open, but an infamous 11-over round of 82 left him to finish T8. Since withdrawing from his first start with back pain, Johnson has finished T43 and T61 in his last two. Expect an all-or-nothing performance.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20
Last week’s T26 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is Mickelson’s best finish in three starts this season. Lefty has recorded two straight top-10s in this event and owns wins from 1998, 2005 and 2007. Mickelson finished T16 in the 2000 U.S. Open and T4 in 2010. With his sagging performance, Mickelson could present a value if rival mangers are shying away.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16 - Not Entered
While Snedeker has missed the cut in two of the last three pro-ams at Pebble Beach, he scored a T8 in the 2010 U.S. Open. After opening the season with a T8 and a win, Snedeker stumbled last week with a T50. Despite the setback Snedeker ranks fourth in both birdie average and scoring average in addition to sitting third in All-Around Ranking.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #5
Fowler’s lone start at Pebble Beach came in the 2010 pro-man with a T27 finish. He’s made both of his cuts this seasons, finishing T13 and T26. Fowler currently ranks 12th in driving accuracy percentage and 17th in scoring average.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #17
Johnson has only made two career starts at Pebble Beach, each with lackluster results. He finished T59 in the 2004 pro-am and T77 in the 2010 U.S. Open. ZJ is coming off a T8 in the Humana Challenge and is currently 11th in All-Around Ranking.
Over his last three starts this season, Perez has finished 22nd or better with one top-15. He currently ranks 15th in scoring average and 14th in All-Around Ranking. Perez has not recorded a top-20 at Pebble Beach since 2006, but is playing well enough to consider.