Golf Rankings for AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
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Golf Rankings for AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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1. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8

After a somewhat rocky start to the 2013 season, Mickelson won last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale wire-to-wire thanks to an opening round of 60. Lefty is also the defending champion of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, an event he’s won a total of four times, and has finished inside the top-10 each of the last year threes. Mickelson is an obvious must-start in every format. He also finished T4 in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

2. Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13

In five career starts at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Johnson has recorded a pair of wins, back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Last year, he finished with a T5 and has only finished worse than seventh once. D.J. appeared to have the 2010 U.S. Open in hand until a devastating round of 82 on Sunday. Johnson opened this season with a victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

3. Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20

From 2007-11, Snedeker made five straight starts at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but did not manage a top-20 finish and missed two cuts. Despite the lackluster track record, Snedeker has been a house of fire in 2013 with three podium finishes and two straight runner-up performances. In the 2010 U.S. Open he finished with a T8.

4. Padraig Harrington [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #178

In Harrington’s Tour debut, he finished inside the top 10, adding on to the T23 and solo fourth the Irishman registered earlier this year on the European Tour. Harrington has made six starts in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing inside the top 20 three times with a career-best T7 last year.

5. Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #36

Westwood is coming off a T5 finish in last week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic, an event on the European Tour. He’ll head stateside for the first time this season, despite not playing the Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 2005. However, Westwood did suit up for the 2010 U.S. Open, where he finished T16.

6. Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34

After finishing as the runner-up in the 2011 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Mahan recorded a T15 last year. He’s been a solid performer the last two weeks with T15 and T16 finishes. Mahan looks like a very sound option this week.

7. Robert Garrigus [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #101

In addition to finishing T20 in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am last year, Garrigus has been steady throughout 2013 by finishing 16th or better in all three of his January starts. Garrigus is now sixth in driving distance, seventh in birdie average, eighth in greens in regulation percentage and second in All-Around Ranking.

8. Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #58

In his last two starts, Palmer has finished T6 in the Humana Challenge and T5 last week at Scottsdale. He currently ranks first on Tour in driving distance and sixth in scoring average. Last year, Palmer finished T29 in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

9. Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #19

In the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Walker has finished T9 each of the last two years. He’s made all four of his cuts in 2013, highlighted by a T4 at Torrey Pines.

10. Aaron Baddeley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #200

Over the last two years, Baddeley has finished solo fourth and T6 in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s made all three of his cuts this year, highlighted by a T6 at Torrey Pines.

11. Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #49

Three starts into the season and we’ve seen a little bit of everything from Watney. After a midpack result in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he finished inside the top-five at the Farmers Insurance Open. Last week, Watney struggled at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a T43. He finished T40 in this event last year after a T6 in 2011.

12. Bryce Molder [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #169

Prior to last year’s poor showing, Molder finished T6 and T10 in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This season he’s made all three cuts with a pair of top-25 finishes.