Emergency 9: Fantasy golf advice from final round at Pebble Beach
February 11, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
Ted Potter wins by 3 shots at AT&T Pebble Beach
Here are nine tidbits from the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road.
Be looking for the Emergency 9 shortly after the close of play of each round of the tournament.
Ted Potter, Jr., was the last-man standing Sunday afternoon as he picked up his first win on TOUR since The Greenbrier Classic in 2012. Paired in the final group with Dustin Johnson, the lefty birdied four of his first seven holes and cruised home to victory. He parred his final 11 holes and never saw his lead shrink to less than two on the back nine. It looked to be a daunting task as all Potter had to do on Sunday was beat Johnson head's up, hold off Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie and back up his career-best round of 62 Saturday.
Check, check and check. And a REALLY BIG CHECK after he signed his card!
The key for Potter was saving six chances when he missed GIR in the final round. He kept his nerve with his wedge and his putter and never showed any cracks. Entering this week he played three weekends from eight tries and his best finish was T13. He had only cashed for three other top 10's before today in his career and one of those was at Riviera, the site of next week's event.
Dustin Johnson couldn't beat Ted Potter over 18 holes but his birdie on the final hole helps gamers in both PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf game formats. It doesn't sound great right now, but T2 is better than T6 on every single front. Johnson destroyed the par 5s to the tune of 14-under-par and didn't win. I write this every week: Golf happens. There are no guarantees. There are more than a few of us who would be out our house, car or whatever this week after Potter's stunning performance.
All Systems Go
Jason Day joins Dustin Johnson with the same record after two events this year, Win and T2. Both of them are in the AUTOMATIC category at this event annually as they share 13 combined top-10 finishes between them. Day's short game, especially the putter, was the difference this week as he led the field in strokes-gained: putting during the two rounds at Pebble Beach.
No Signs of Slowing Down
Phil Mickelson backed up his T5 at WMPO last week with his 10th top 10 in 22 tries at Pebble Beach with T2. Lefty only made five bogeys (no others) on the week along with 19 circles for birdies. He was the most-selected player in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf One & Done Game presented by SERVPRO and he rewarded those investors handsomely. I was one of them and I will NEVER complain about T2 especially from a guy who hasn't won since 2013. The last time Mickelson hit the top 10 in three consecutive starts was 2009 and it started with a win at Riviera.
Devil in the Details
Hey, look! Chez Reavie in the top 10 again! His outstanding run of form can be traced back to the fall of 2016. Similar to former Sun Devil Pat Perez, Reavie's vein of form isn't a one-hit wonder but it hasn't found the winner's circle, yet. Most guys who lose in a playoff don't show up the next week but Reavie took his lesson and turned it into T2. The most interesting part of the last two weeks is that he's doing the business on tracks where he's never had any success. He's dialed in regardless of where they're playing!
Run, Don't Walk
Jimmy Walker is going to test the patience and emotions of gamers next week at his beloved Riviera. Walker has made it no secret over the years that this is one of his favorite tracks to play on TOUR. His 67 on Sunday at Pebble Beach, another one of his favorite tracks, included seven birdies against one double to collect his first top-10 check since the 2016 Dell Technologies Championship (third). His round Sunday was six shots better than his round on Saturday on the same track.
Kevin Streelman is doing an excellence Chez Reavie impersonation minus the podium finishes. He did take home the trophy this week with Larry Fitzgerald as they walked over the competition to easily win the Pro-Am. Streelman has been rattling off cuts for fun this season and most of last year but his solo sixth check is the biggest since T4 at the 2016 OHL Mayakoba Classic. Find guys who are playing well instead of breaking streaks of those who are not!
Please remember how great Tiger Woods was in his day before getting mad at the new stars of the game. They won't close every Sunday. Jon Rahm has been right there the last three Sundays after his win at CareerBuilder.com. The last three Sundays he's posted 77, 72 and 76 and fallen out of the top 10 each week. Again, nothing is automatic at this level! ... Add Beau Hossler to this list for the third consecutive event he's played in as well. His year has been excellent to this point minus the Sunday conversions but it's all part of the learning experience. He has PLENTY of game.
Scott Stallings (7th), Grayson Murray (T8) and Brandon Harkins (T15) shared the low round of the day with 66. Murray hit the top 10 with THREE double bogeys on his card this week. Harkins now has seven top-25 finishes in 10 starts this year while Stallings picks up his first top 10 since last July at the Barbasol Championship. ... Brian Gay has posted back-to-back top 10's after his T8 this week ... Paul Casey lost in a playoff to James Hahn at the 2015 edition of the Genesis Open at Riviera. He made his U.S. tune-up this week with T8. ... Bubba Watson, two-time winner at Riviera, will be playing in Saturday night's NBA All-Star Celebrity game. Now you know. ... Ben Taylor won the Club Colombia Championship by six shots ... Mark Calcavecchia held off Bernhard Langer by two shots to win the Boca Raton Championship on PGA TOUR Champions. ... Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.