Sleeper Picks: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

February 07, 2007
PGA 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 experts after last week's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic 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