Sleeper pick: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

February 05, 2013
Rob Bolton,

AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: Field | First Look | Power Rankings | Wild Card


Greg Owen: While just 2-for-4 early this season with no top 50s, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has agreed with the Englishman. He has three top 10s and another top 25 in seven starts, two of which occurring in both appearances while Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course has been in play -- T21, 2010; T9, 2012. Last year, he ranked T3 in greens hit and T2 in scrambling. That translated into a rank of T6 in bogey avoidance.


Matt Jones: The 32-year-old Aussie opened the season with a pair of top 25s before getting tripped up at Torrey Pines. However, he logged a T10 here in 2010 when he shared third place after 54 holes. He then backed it up with a T15 in 2011. Currently 36th on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting, 29th in the all-around ranking and T14 in scrambling.


Richard H. Lee: This tournament was the site of his only top-35 finish (T15) in the first seven months of 2012. He's a surgeon tee to green, so it was of no surprise, but his putter contributed as well. The then-PGA TOUR rookie led the field in one-putt percentage and ranked sixth in putts per GIR. Tied for 10th place at the Humana Challenge.


Steven Bowditch: His T9 here in 2011 and T15 last year would prove to be his best finishes on TOUR in those respective seasons. Upon closer inspection, he achieved both with different approaches. In 2011, he was T12 in total driving, T13 in greens hit and ninth in strokes gained-putting at this event. In 2012, he was outside the top 25 in both total driving and GIR, but still ranked fifth in all-around and second in putts per GIR. The Aussie has a penchant for going on putting binges, so it stands to reason that the 54-hole cut may allow his game to shine.


Rafael Cabrera-Bello: The Spaniard is 5-for-7 with no top 25s on the PGA TOUR, but the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will be his first tournament on the circuit that isn't a major or World Golf Championship. He's started 2013 with four consecutive top 25s capped with a T17 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday. He ranks 11th on the European Tour in greens in regulation, a portion of his skill set that should come in handy on courses with small greens.