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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am: Expert Picks

Some more obvious names this week but I think the top 10 might be predictable this week.

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What: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
When: February 9th-12th
Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links
2015 Winner: Vaughn Taylor
Purse: $67.2MM (Winner: $1.3MM)

I will be mirroring the format for last year. It follows Yahoo's Fantasy Golf where you pick 2 A Golfers, 4 B Golfers and 2 C Golfers. As such I will pick one from A, 2 from B and 1 from C (as if they were your starters) along with one Dark Horse pick. It is my aim to do two things -€" first, select golfers who will do well. These golfers will not always win but it is my aim to keep the selections to golfers who make the cut and will be competitive down the stretch on Sunday. Second -€select golfers who aren't always the obvious choice. If you are playing the Yahoo format or even the PGA fantasy league than you are severely limited on starts. It does no good to name Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth every week. I will make sure my picks as low as possible and spread the field out to introduce new names.

Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links built in 1919 by Harold Sampson, he did a figure 8 layout through the course. It's one of the shortest courses on the tour but the wind coming off the ocean creates need to hit a hard accurate shot to the greens (which aren't particularly large). Holes 5 and 6 are fairly iconic as you get a great backdrop of the ocean.

Dustin Johnson. Picking him for a second time early on but I think this is a bounce back week for him. Two top ten finishes then he missed the cut at Farmers Insurance Open and here he is where he was 41st last year, 4th in 2015 and 2nd in 2014.

Jordan Spieth. 16th in FedEx Cup ranking right now, 4 consecutive top ten finishes, his last three years at AT&T Pebble Beach -€” 21st, 7th and 4th.

Phil Mickelson. 4 consecutive top 25 finishes. He finished 2nd here last year and 19th three years ago, something about his play recently has a resurgent fight to it.

Jon Rahm. I'm going to keep ridding him until he slips, he's playing at a top tour level right now.

Dark Horse.
Richy Werenski. In the three tournaments in 2017 he is hitting under 70 80% of the time. He's a rookie to Pebble Beach but I'm excited to see what he can do.