The money list: Our 6 best bets for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Back in the form that made him a two-time major winner, Spieth heads this instalment of our weekly golf tips...
Jordan Spieth –
All four winners on the PGA Tour this year have been in their 20s, and Spieth is poised to continue that trend.
The 23-year-old is back in the form that made him a two-time major winner after a drought of nearly nine months in PGA Tour events.
Spieth has recorded five consecutive top-10 finishes, including third-places at the Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in January.
He boasts an impressive history at this event, too, having made the cut in all four of his appearances and placed in the top 10 twice.
Ranking first in greens in regulation percentage and ninth in putting average this year, he has the tools to master the tricky conditions and putting surfaces of Pebble Beach.
Phil Mickelson –
Only Mark O’Meara has been more successful than Mickelson at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The 46-year-old is a four-time winner in this event with his last success coming in 2012, and he finished just one stroke behind champion Vaughn Taylor a year ago.
He’s also in good form, with three top-20 finishes in his last four starts.
Last year, six of the top seven in this event ranked inside the top eight in putting average.
Considering Mickelson is currently second in the PGA Tour in that category, he should have another successful weekend in California.
J.B. Holmes –
Holmes – the PGA Tour’s fourth-best putter this year – loves playing at Pebble Beach.
The 34-year-old has finished inside the top 20 on five occasions in this event, and tied for second in 2010 with four under-par rounds.
Holmes’ recent form has been solid if unspectacular. He hasn’t missed the cut in his last eight starts, but has only one top-five finish over that period.
So while he might not have enough to outlast Spieth, Dustin Johnson and the other frontrunners, he is a four-time PGA Tour winner and finished in the top five at both the Masters and the Open last year.
On this course, he is a good bet to finish in the top five at .
Best of the rest
Justin Rose –
Rose has made an excellent start to the year, ranking third in total shots gained with two consecutive top-five finishes.
Given that the Englishman has the lowest first-round scoring average on the PGA Tour this season, he looks an excellent option to take advantage of Betway’s first-round leader offer.
Pat Perez –
Perez – who missed much of 2016 after shoulder surgery – sparked injury concerns when he withdrew from the Waste Management Open last week.
He has confirmed that he will play at Pebble Beach, though, and should do well, having placed inside the top seven four times in his last five starts before Phoenix.
Martin Laird –
Laird has the game to cope with the difficult conditions at Pebble Beach, ranking inside the PGA Tour’s top 25 in total shots gained and putting average this year.
With five top-10 finishes in his last six events, he is an interesting outsider in California.