Tuesday, February 5, 2013

AT&T Pro-Am - Fantasy Picks

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am:
Location: Pebble Beach, California
Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula CC
Par: 72 (PB), 72 (SH), 70 (MP)
Length: 6,816 yards (PB), 6,858 yards (SH), 6,838 yards (MP)
Prize Pool: $6,500,000
Last Years Champion: Phil Mickelson

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am kicks off this week, which is always a fun tournament to watch.  I thoroughly enjoy watching the PGA Tour Pro-Am events, and the AT&T is no exception.  Along with a great list of professionals, celebrities playing in this years event include: Kenny G, Wayne Gretzky, Bill Murray, Andy Roddick, Ray Romano.

Celebrities aside, I've done my initial pre-tournament evaluation of the field and have narrowed it down to my top picks:

Top Picks:

Brandt Snedeker (@brandtsnedeker): Brandt has finished runner-up in the last two events. Although win-less, he leads the TOUR in FedExCup points and earnings. Best finish among five starts at Pebble Beach was a T21 in 2010, but he also tied for eighth at the U.S. Open that season.

Aaron Baddeley (@aaronbadds): Chased a T6 at Torrey Pines with a T65 at a home game in Scottsdale, but signs of turning a corner are there. Although it's early, his GIR split is 11.81 percent higher than in 2012. Top sixes in his last two starts at Pebble Beach.

Hunter Mahan (@huntermahan): After a disappointing T26 to open the season at the 30-man lid-lifter at Kapalua, he's posted a pair of top 20s the last two weeks. Posted top 20s in four of his last seven appearances at Pebble Beach, including a solo second in 2011.

Wild Card Picks:

Andres Gonzales (@andres_gonzales): I've enjoyed watching Andres play and improve his game, and although he may be considered a bit of a long shot, I'd love to see him at the top of the leaderboard this week.

James Hahn (@jameshahnpga): After watching James play in last weeks Waste Management, which was highlighted by his Gangnam Style celebration on 16, I'm actually excited to see him play again this week.  

Here's a look at my completed fantasy picks:

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