Sleeper Picks: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AmFebruary 07, 2012
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM fantasy columnist
PGATOUR.COM's fantasy expert Rob Bolton provides his list of sleeper picks for every tournament. This week, he focuses his below-the-radar selections for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
J.B. Holmes. You can't think about this guy and not conjure an image of his eagle-2 at the eighth hole at Pebble Beach in the opening round here in 2010. He shared runner-up honors that week. Holmes hasn't missed a cut in five appearances and has two more top 20s, including last year's T13. Of course, that was all prior to his brain surgeries but he closed out a T45 at TPC Scottsdale last week with a 68, his lowest round of the week. He also ranked seventh in distance off the tee and T13 in greens hit.
Brendan Steele. En route to a share of fifth place in Scottsdale last week, he played his last 28 holes in bogey-free 9-under. His closing 64 tied for Sunday's low round. He ranked T7 in greens in regulation and 10th in Strokes Gained-Putting.
Jimmy Walker. Started the final round here one stroke off the 54-hole lead but faded to finish T9 with a closing 75, so he has some unfinished business at Pebble Beach. Prior to missing the cut at TPC Scottsdale last week, he shared eighth place at Torrey Pines.
Josh Teater. Second straight week that he's appeared here. Perhaps this is the week that he fulfills the label. He's survived 14 consecutive cuts but has managed just one top 35 this year. As a PGA TOUR rookie at Pebble Beach in 2010, he shared fifth place. It remains his second-best finish in 67 career starts.
Alex Cejka. Making his 2012 PGA TOUR debut. With only five starts on a Major Medical Extension to earn $323,264 and retain status, he'll be choosy in determining where he'll burn those starts. This one makes sense. He placed T47 in Qatar last week and missed the cut the week before in Abu Dhabi, but he finished T10 here in 2010 and T21 last year. Also shared eighth place at Pebble Beach in the 2010 U.S. Open.