Waste Management Open recap – Man was I surprised at some of the missed cuts there, it’s common to have a handful of good players miss but we had : Bill Haas, Austin Cook, Kyle Stanley, Charl Schwartzel, Stephan Jaeger, Tony Finau, Abraham Ancer and Phil Mickelson.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am
Date: Feb 7 - 10
Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links
Purse - $7.6MM ($1.4MM to the winner)
FedEx points – 500 to winner
2018 Winner: Ted Potter Jr (-17)
Pebble Beach Golf Links built in 1919 by Harold Sampson, this tournament consists of one round on each of the three courses:
Pebble Beach GL – This par 72, 6,816 yard course was built in 1919 and designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, this course has a fun mix of the water and the cliffs. The dance between the water on one side and rough on the other makes this one a challenge for players.
Monterey Peninsula CC – This par 71, 6,958 yard course opened in 1926 designed by Bob Baldock and Jack Nevillein, this course is quite the change from Pebble Beach in that it’s lined with trees and much more condensed.
Spyglass Hill GC – This par 72, 6,858 yard course was designed by Robert Trent Jones this course dances along the coast as well with some scenic views of the water. It is known for the first five holes which will test the golfers right off the start.
My Starting 4
Kevin Streelman (1st selection this year) — Only two golfers have finished in the top 15 each of the last three years here. That is the good part, Kevin’s effort this season is the counter side: eight tournaments, four missed cuts, two finishes in the 50’s, one in the 30’s and one 25th finish. In spite of all of this I’m trusting him to right his course this week.
Phil Mickelson (2nd selection this year) — I’m doubling down on Phil. He barely missed the cut at Waste Management and he comes to Pebble Beach where he has two second place finishes in the last three years. Even with the missed cut he’s 40th in Fedex points, 37th in total strokes gained and 3rd in Birdie Average.
Yeah I’m still surprised. Needs to bounce back this week— Phil Mickelson Tracker (@TrackingPhil) February 5, 2019
Jordan Spieth (1st selection this year) — Jordan has finished in the top 25 each of the last three years here. Jordan has also struggled mightily this season with two missed cuts and two finishes outside the top 30 being his four finishes thus far. If there is one promising stat with him, he’s 45th in birdie average.
Jason Day (2nd selection this year) — Earlier I mentioned two golfers having finished in the top 15 each of the last three years here. Jason has technically finished in the top 12 and furthermore, he has been in the top five each of the last two years. Jason has been a top 20 finisher in each of his five tournaments this season and he’s 21st in total strokes gained.
My Bench 2
Nick Taylor (1st selection this year) — Nick finished 30th here in 2016 and then 10th in 2017 before a rough first day (75) was insurmountable with a solid second and third day last year. He has participated in nine tournaments this season with three missed cuts, two top 30 finishes and four in the 30 – 60 range. He is 71st in birdie average and is a decent reach for a top 40 finish.
Russell Knox (1st selection this year) — He finished 15th here last year and he’s having a quietly good season. Despite his 89th fedex ranking, his last five tournaments have yielded no missed cuts and three top 20 finishes. He is 34th in strokes gained around the green and he’s 51st in strokes gained tee to green.
Will Kevin Streelman finish in the top 25?
This poll is closed
Starting 4: Avg 46th place (37%)
Bench 2: Avg 76th place (62%)
Fun fact: Two golfers have won an AT&T and a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach; Tom Kite (1983 & 1992), and Tiger Woods (2000 & 2000).