Few weeks on the PGA Tour are as picturesque as this one. Once again, the world’s best head to the Monterrey Peninsula and trifecta of golf perfection — Spyglass Hill, Monterrey Peninsula Country Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links — for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
This week, you can expect long, languishing rounds of golf paired with the most breathtaking views in the world, let alone the game of golf. You’ll see celebrities you love and some you wonder how they snagged an invite. And, most importantly, you’ll curse and cry over fantasy golf.
The field this week includes some of the games best. Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are among the favorites — but you’ve also got plenty of journeymen and no-names teeing it up alongside them.
In the past, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has produced mostly big name winners — and you can expect that trend to continue this week.
Here’s a look at those who will cash in on the coast, and those who will go belly-up:
Dustin Johnson — No player has a better track record at Pebble Beach than Dustin Johnson. That, alone, should be enough to warrant starting DJ this week on the peninsula. Twice a winner here, Johnson will once again pair up with his father-in-law Wayne Gretzky for the Pro-Am portion of the tournament. Whatever the reason, DJ feasts on Pebble Beach and the events courses. I see no reason this week will be any different.
Jason Day — After a week off, Jason Day is back and looking to collect his second consecutive win. For Day, Pebble Beach seems to be the one place he just can’t get it done at. I think that could change this year. Day has left made eight cuts in eight tries, including a T-5 here last year and four T-6 or better finishes. Don’t sleep on Day. Many are choosing Johnson and Jordan Spieth first, but in most formats, Day is actually cheaper.
Rory McIlroy — Rory McIlroy comes to Pebble Beach making his 2018 PGA Tour debut riding some momentum following his second place finish Dubai a couple weeks ago and a third the week before that in Abu Dhabi. McIlroy doesn’t have the world’s greatest track record here, but the sample size is too small for someone as great at Rors. I wouldn’t sleep on him — and would love to see him take down the title and continue the trend of great players winning this event.
Brandt Snedeker — Before a wrist injury slowed him down the last year or so, Brandt Snedeker was on a lot of people’s short list of best players never to win a major. After last week’s T-23 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, many are liking Sneds chances to get back in the winner’s circle this week at a Pebble — a place he’s won twice and finish T-4 before the injury took its toll.
Phil Mickelson — One of the best ever on the Monterrey Peninsula, Phil Mickelson comes into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am still looking to end that pesky winless streak that has lasted since the Open Championship in 2013. Mickelson has won here four times — most recently in 2012 — and comes in sporting some pretty solid form. Give Lefty a serious look this week.
Chez Reavie — Many people are looking at Chez Reavie this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but not me. To be honest, most of those choices are based purely on Reavie’s run last week at TPC Scottsdale. That’s never enough to warrant a start unless you’re talking about a bonafide star finding some form. Reavie, despite playing great lately, is still not someone you can trust week in, week out.
Jimmy Walker — Despite having a win here in the past (2014) and a very good track record overall in this event, Jimmy Walker is still a no-go in all fantasy circles. While Walker is back and appears healthy, he hasn’t proven that he’s found his form on the course yet. I still think Walker will get it figured out — and maybe this is the place he does that — but I’m not banking on it.
Bubba Watson — Early last week it appeared that Bubba Watson was getting things back in order with his game — and if he has been able to finish inside the top-20 or top-15, I’d have probably been starting him this week. Unfortunately, more inconsistencies showed up and Watson faded late. He’s showing signs of life –after all, Augusta is closer than you think — but it’s not quite time to turn Bubba loose.