Nick Watney … These are his climes and he arrived in warm form. The Sacramento native has competed in all but one edition (2016, back injury) since his debut in 2004. Overall, he's 11-for-14 with a runner-up finish in 2015 among four top 15s. The last was a T14 in 2017 when conditions were similar to the challenging weather on tap this week. Gunning for his eighth consecutive cut made this season, a streak that includes two top 25s. If there's a backhanded compliment, it's that he populated this space a year ago as well. He finished T47.
Jason Kokrak … Editor's Note: Jason Kokrak WD before the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Another recent former Sleeper (2016) slides into the definition of it again this week. Since his first appearance here in 2012, he's connected for three top 25s among five cuts made in seven trips. Even better, he's strung together three straight top 20s to open the 2019 portion of this season and hasn't missed a cut in 12 consecutive starts, seven of which have resulted in a top 25. Sans a victory in 191 PGA TOUR starts as a professional, he's the total package throughout his bag, but especially when he's feeling it.
Trey Mullinax … After a slow start to his third spin with status on the PGA TOUR, the 26-year-old has made five straight cuts with progressive improvement beginning with a T65 at The RSM Classic and ramping up to a T15 at last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. His primary weapon is the driver, but even though he doesn't need to pull it out much on the triumvirate of tracks sharing host duties this week, he managed a T14 here in 2017 and a T47 last year.
Matt Every … Like Mullinax, Every has improved on several contiguous results, albeit while moonlighting on the Web.com Tour. After closing out the Web.com Tour Finals in T9-T58-T21, he opened the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season a T20 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and a T15 at The RSM Classic. Saddled with Past Champion status on TOUR this season, he shed rust at the Web.com Tour's Country Club de Bogota Championship last week and placed T11 while leading the field in par breakers (24 birdies). This will mark his eighth appearance on the Monterey Peninsula where he's 3-for-7 and still chasing a top 25.
Derek Fathauer … The 33-year-old continues to make enough noise on the PGA TOUR despite going winless in 143 career starts and having finished no better than 100th in the FedExCup (2015-16). He has conditional status this season but has made just one cut in three starts thus far. One of his mainstays to collect points has been the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He's perfect in five tries with a pair of top 25s. He's also fresh off a T5 at the Web.com Tour stop in Colombia where his final-round 64 was a field-best for the day.
NOTE: Sleeper is a relative term, so Rob uses unofficial criteria to determine who qualifies. Each of the following usually is determined to be ineligible for this weekly staple: Winners of the tournament on the current host course; winners in the same season; recent major champions; top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking; recent participants of team competitions.