Sleeper Picks: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AmFebruary 07, 2007
PGA TOUR.com Staff
• Who will win? • Tournament Coverage • Play Official TOUR Fantasy Games Which player could sneak up on the field in this weekend's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am? Our experts weigh in:
T.J. Auclair PGATOUR.com Interactive Producer Pick: Brett Quigley The best player never to have won a PGA TOUR event. His luck is bound to change at some point. Coming off a tie for 14th at the FBR Open, Quigley is playing well. Also, growing up and honing his golf game in Rhode Island, the Ocean State, means that Quigley will be able to manage the strong winds that are practically guaranteed at Pebble Beach. His track record isnt great at Pebble -- just one top-10 in 10 appearances -- but he is a stronger, more confident player now than ever. Brett Avery The Fantasy Insider Pick: Craig Barlow Each of the last two weeks, The Fantasy Insider has pulled a magical sleeper pick name out of the air, typed up a comment -- and then deleted it in favor of another guy. Of course, the original selection plays like a stud and the replacement gasps for air. So this week, TFI's sleeper is, like main pick Mike Weir, ready to ignite along Seventeen Mile Drive with performances similar to his last two seasons here (ties for fifth and 16th). And TFI's not budging from that selection for nothin'. Lauren Deason PGA TOUR.com Editorial Coordinator Pick: Nick Watney Sacramento-born Watney, a product of nearby Fresno State, knows both the state and the course, and could do well in familiar territory. Plus, Watney tied for seventh at the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and tied for 13th at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, a similarly-styled tournament with multiple courses and celebrity partners. Could this be the time for Watney's first PGA TOUR win? Melanie Hauser PGATOUR.com Correspondent Pick: Bubba Watson Could another Watson take down Pebble? Tough to ignore Bubba Watson the last few weeks. He may get your attention off the tee, but it's the rest of his game that's given him two top-10 finishes back-to-back. Dave Lagarde PGATOUR.com Contributor Pick: Mike Weir The former Masters champion has been flying under the radar, but a return to the Monterrey Peninsula just might jumpstart his 2007 season. Although Weir has not won at Pebble Beach, he has six top-10s in his last seven starts there including a tie for third, second, tie for fourth and tie for third in the last four. John Maginnes PGA TOUR Network on XM Radio analyst Pick: Glen Day Glen is the perfect player for a pro-am format. He is relaxed and fun. More importantly, he is a great putter. There are some courses and tournaments that being a great putter isn't enough anymore. This is one of those weeks. Helen Ross PGATOUR.com Chief of Correspondents Pick: Charles Warren Warren is quietly playing well this year. He tied for sixth at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, another multi-course pro-am, earlier this year, and the former Clemson standout is coming off a tie for 18th last week. He currently leads the PGA TOUR's All-Around ranking, as well as in par breakers, eagles and putting, too. Dave Shedloski PGATOUR.com Senior Correspondent Pick: Tim Herron He has only threatened once in this event, finishing third in 2003, but the four-time TOUR winner also has a way of sticking around for all four days, having never missed the cut in his nine appearances. Maybe this is the year he breaks through. Mike Vitti PGATOUR.com ShotLink Analyst Pick: Nick Watney Watney enters the AT&T ranked 14th in greens in regulation, 27th in driving accuracy, and 17th in driving distance -- making him first on TOUR in ball-striking. He had a solid week at Pebble Beach in 2006, finishing in a tie for seventh, and on the first two multi-course events in 2007 he has not finished higher than a tie for 13th.
Wondering how our experts are doing so far this season? Here's a look:
How they're doing The 2007 record of PGA TOUR.com experts after last week's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic PGATOUR.com Experts 1st 2nd 3rd Top 10s Missed Cuts Total FedExCup Points Helen Ross 2 0 1 3 3 12,800 Melanie Hauser 2 0 0 2 1 10,984 John Maginnes 2 0 0 2 2 10,118 T.J. Auclair 1 1 1 2 1 9,622 Lauren Deason 1 0 1 3 2 7,671 Dave Shedloski 1 0 0 2 3 6,581 Dave Lagarde 1 0 0 1 2 6,499 Brett Avery 1 0 0 0 2 5,912 Mike Vitti 0 1 0 1 2 4,250