Power Rankings: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Not unlike starting pitchers who look first at the flags at Wrigley Field to determine which way the wind is blowing on the day they take the bump, the elements throughout the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am dictate how each of the three courses in the rotation should be approached by those in the field, fans and fantasy gamers. Regardless of the direction of the wind, hurlers' plans of attack are influenced when flags are stiff on the North Side of Chicago. Contrarily, when Mother Nature cooperates, it's just another beautiful day at the ballpark. The latter is what's in store in all three arenas on the Monterey Peninsula all week. The weather is going to be perfect. For more on how Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course and Spyglass Hill are expected to score for this week's field of 156, scroll beneath the ranking. Enjoyed a well-deserved week off after the epic playoff win at the Farmers. Poised for so much more this year. Perfect in eight trips here with a quartet of top-six finishes. T5 last year. He's No. 2 in all-time earnings here with two wins and another four top fives. Solo third last year. Won at Kapalua to launch 2018. Placed T9 in Abu Dhabi in his last start. The defending champ is 5-for-5 lifetime at the AT&T with no worse than a T22 (in 2013 debut), so it stands to reason that he'll find his putting on the Poa annua at Pebble & Co. The conclusion of the WMPO stung, but he was still in the hunt with a T5. The all-time earnings leader and four-time winner at Pebble Beach finished second here just two years ago. Fourth consecutive start since winning the CareerBuilder. In the identical sequence last year, he wrapped his road trip with a T5 in his first appearance at Pebble Beach. Making both his tournament and season debuts. He's already proved that his heart irregularity won't slow him down. Chased a T3 in Abu Dhabi with a runner-up finish in Dubai. Checked all kinds of boxes as he captured the title at TPC Scottsdale on Sunday. That includes sustaining fantastic form that fueled top 15s in previous two starts. T5 here last year. Fared OK in overseas fortnight with a pair of top 30s. Fourth in FedExCup points but only now is making first start of 2017-18 on the U.S. mainland. Top 15s in three of his last four trips. Sparkled here with a pair of top 10s baked into a 5-for-5 record and a final-round scoring average of a crisp 68.20. Top 25s the last two weeks. Fifth on TOUR in strokes gained: putting. Flashed vintage form while recording a T23 at TPC Scottsdale for his first top 25 post-injury. Twice a winner at Pebble (2013, 2015) and finished fourth last year. First appearance since 2002. Hasn't missed a cut anywhere in over a year and has logged top 20s in 11 of his last 12 starts worldwide. T9 in Abu Dhabi three weeks ago. Failed to pile onto a solo fourth at Torrey Pines in Arizona where he missed the cut, but he's 10-for-11 at Pebble with top 25s in each of the last three editions and six overall. When does one tee ball outshine an overall performance? When you stripe it to within inches in The Coliseum as he did en route to a T5 on Sunday. Led WMPO in strokes gained: putting. Since opening 2017-18 with a T10-T11-T5 burst on the swing through Asia, he's gone 5-for-5 with a T2 in Hong Kong and a T5 in his last start in Dubai. Third start at the AT&T. Inspiring P2 at TPC Scottsdale presented a visual for the culmination of dynamite form over last several months. Arrives at Pebble with a similarly unimpressive record as the WMPO. Power Rankings: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Rank Player Comment Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Bubba Watson and Patrick Cantlay will be among the notables covered in Tuesday's Fantasy Insider. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is the last of four events this season contested over multiple courses. The host track and Spyglass Hill are stock par 72s, while MPCC is a par 34-37=71 with five par 3s. None reaches 7,000 yards. Sunshine will cover the area during all four rounds. Daytime temperature will extend into the upper 60s and maybe touch 70 degrees. Winds will be light to moderate. In short, because it's the opposite forecast of last year's wind and rain, we can ignore that course data. For a responsible comp, we retreat to 2015. In sublime conditions, MPCC is most vulnerable. It surrendered a scoring average of 68.936 (-2.064 strokes to par) three years ago. Pebble Beach averaged 70.241 (-1.759) and Spy checked in at 71.199 (-0.801). Suffice it to say that with this week's deep field, Brandt Snedeker's tournament record of 22-under 265 in 2015 is in jeopardy. After every golfer completes one round on each course, the scheduled 54-hole cut will award FedExCup points and earnings to the low 70 and ties, but only the low 60 and ties will play the final round at Pebble Beach. The low 25 pro-am teams at the same juncture will also tee it up in the finale on Pebble, even if the pro missed the cut in the official individual competition. ROB BOLTON'S SCHEDULE PGATOUR.COM’s Fantasy Columnist Rob Bolton will be filing his usual staples leading up to this week’s event. Look for the following columns this week. MONDAY: Rookie Ranking, Qualifiers, Reshuffle, Medical Extensions, Power Rankings TUESDAY*: Sleepers, Fantasy Insider, Facebook Live WEDNESDAY: One & Done THURSDAY: Expert Picks for PGA TOUR Champions One & Done * - Rob is a member of the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Expert Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO, which also publishes on Tuesdays.
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