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Keith Mitchell looks for sixth cut in a row 02-07-2018
Keith Mitchell
Keith Mitchell rolls into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week looking to make his sixth consecutive cut made. Mitchell hasn't lit it up this season, but he has at least been consistent and playing into the weekend lately. The highlight of the season was a hole-in-one to kick off the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, and that helped him tie a season-low with a round of 66. That ace seems to have given him a lot of confidence after he missed the cut in his first three events. Mitchell is a masher off the tee, ranking 13th on the PGA Tour with 312.5 yards per drive. That won't matter at this short event, but should be a fantasy advantage on the longer courses later down the road.
Shawn Stefani looking to turn things around 02-07-2018
Shawn Stefani
Shawn Stefani heads to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week looking to turn things around after an ugly stretch. Stefani has missed the cut in three consecutive tournaments dating back to the OHL Classic in Mayabona back in November. He started off with a couple of decent showings, including a 20th-place at El Camaleon, and a 10th-place finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship back in late October. However, he has shot 71 or higher in six of his past seven rounds and there isn't a whole lot of reason to like him at Pebble Beach. He isn't a masher off the tee, he has been completely inaccurate from the tee box and he is poor out of the sand and around the green.
Dustin Johnson in familiar pairing at AT&T 02-07-2018
Dustin Johnson
Two-time past champion and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, a pre-tourney 11/2 fave outright, does battle in his 11th consecutive AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and is paired the first three rounds with defending champion and AT&T athlete Jordan Spieth.
This is the fourth straight year that Johnson and Spieth have kicked off together and begin on Spyglass Hill GC at 8:22am PST. He finished 3rd to Spieth last year and the duo were together for all four rounds in 2016 on this same course rotation, with Spieth finishing T21 and Johnson T41. Overall, the 33-year-old is 9-for-10 at the AT&T with seven top 25s and seven top 10s, six for top 5s, and ranks 2nd in career earnings. He won in 2009 (reduced to 54 holes) and successfully defended in 2010. Infamously, Johnson was the 54-hole leader by three at the 2010 U.S. Open (Pebble Beach) and closed in 10-over 82 for T8. This is his third start of the season, chasing a disappointing T2 at the WGC-HSBC, where he was the 54-hole leader by six, with his 17th TOUR title at the Sentry TOC, winning by eight shots over Jon Rahm.
Herman in months-long-slump ahead of AT&T 02-07-2018
Jim Herman
World No. 204 Jim Herman readies for his seventh AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and arrives off a missed cut by five at the Farmers two weeks ago (73-75).
The 40-year-old has MC'd his last three starts, four of his last five, and is 3-for-7 on the season with a best of T54 at The RSM Classic back in November. He's 3-for-6 at Pebble Beach with one top 25, a T17 two tries ago in 2016, and missed the cut last year by five (75-74-71). The Ohio native has eight career top 10s in 153 career events, most recently a T3 at the 2017 Valspar 22 starts ago.
Gribble preps for second AT&T Pebble Beach 02-07-2018
Cody Gribble
World No. 329 Cody Gribble is on the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and arrives off a T70 at last week's WM Phoenix Open (69-71-78-71).
This is the 27-year-old's second appearance after a missed cut last year by five (73-73-74). Since winning the opposite-field Sanderson Farms last season during his rookie campaign, he's missed 18 of his last 33 cuts with just two top-25 finishes and zero top 10s. The Texas alum is 5-for-7 this season with a best of T32 at the no-cut CIMB back in October.
Cameron Davis plays AT&T on sponsor invite 02-07-2018
Cameron Davis
Non-member and World No. 182 Cameron Davis makes his AT&T Pebble Beach debut on a sponsor exemption and arrives off a 72nd-place finish last week at the Panama Championship in his first career Tour event.
This is the Aussie's third career TOUR start after T15 at the 2017 OHL Classic and T58 two weeks ago at the Farmers. He was a Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Q-School grad in March of last year and played in 11 events with six missed cuts and two top 25s. The 22-year-old, who resides in Issaquah, Washington, hit pay dirt 11 weeks ago, claiming his first professional victory at the Emirates Australian Open and followed that up with a T6 at the Singapore Open three weeks ago. He also won the Australian Amateur Championship in 2015.
Pat Perez back home for Pebble Beach Pro-Am 02-07-2018
Pat Perez
Pat Perez returns from an overseas adventure to hop back in for the back portion of the West Coast Swing, teeing it up at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
With his wife, Ashley, due with their first child, Perez opted for some travel this year, instead of the typical January schedule. He picked up a T21 at the Singapore Open and T29 at the Dubai Desert Classic before returning to the States last week. Perez missed what he calls his fifth major (Farmers) and the WM Phoenix Open, which is right on his Arizona State stomping grounds. His return to America is just in time for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, an event he's come close to capturing on a few occasions. With all three courses measuring less than 7,000 yards, Perez is able to let his steady fairway-to-flag game shine here. Gamers should not worry about any jetlag since he's been back on U.S. soil for more than a week now.
Hughes slumps ahead of AT&T Pebble Beach 02-07-2018
Mackenzie Hughes
Mac Hughes is slumping ahead of his second appearance at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, hoping some good vibes from last year will help spark some form.
The Canadian was one of the biggest surprise stories last year. During his rookie campaign, he racked up 22 cuts made, highlighted by a win at The RSM Classic. He finished just outside the qualification bubble for East Lake (36th in the FedExCup race). The sophomore slump is now staring him straight in the eyes as he opens the 2017-18 campaign with seven straight missed cuts. Quickly establishing himself as an elite putter last year, he arrives with negative strokes gained putting in six of his last seven starts. On the bright side, the one positive (+3.8 SGP) came last week at the WM Phoenix Open. Despite the MC, he may be close to finding his game as he returns to a set of courses that yielded a T10 for him last year in his debut.
Knost searching for spark in Northern Cal 02-07-2018
Colt Knost
Colt Knost is starting to find some short-game form ahead of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Big Gravy found himself T26 after R2 of last week's WM Phoenix Open, ultimately settling for T62 by week's end. He's still searching for his first top 50 since returning from a long injury layoff. In fact, you have to go way back to the 2016 Barracuda to find anything better than T54. Returning from a wrist injury is not easy to do but Knost is starting to show some signs of form peaking over the horizon, gaining strokes with the putter in three of his last four starts. Knost will need to earn 349.202 FedExCup Points over his next 17 starts if he wants to fulfill the terms of his Major Medical and maintain his TOUR status.
Brandt Snedeker looks to show well at AT&T 02-07-2018
Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker rolls into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week looking for another Top 5 finish at the event. Snedeker posted a fourth-place finish last season at this event, his third Top 5 in five seasons. He won the event in 2013 and 2015. There is something about Pebble Beach that suits Snedeker's style. He isn't a masher off the tee, ranking just 153rd in Driving Distance, but he has outstanding finesse and is a wizard in the short game. His even-keel temperament, work out of the sand and putting ability makes him a threat any weekend, but especially so on the courses which aren't terribly lengthy.
Joel Dahmen looks for bounce-back tournament 02-07-2018
Joel Dahmen
Joel Dahmen heads to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week looking to get back on track. Dahmen missed the cut in each of his past two events, and he hasn't finished better than 49th in three of the four tournaments he has made it to the weekend. His best showing was a 23rd-place finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, but he has shot above par in five of his past seven rounds. He isn't terribly powerful off the tee, but he is very accurate and that could be to his benefit this weekend at Spyglass GC and/or Monterey Peninsula CC. Using Dahmen is a tremendous leap of faith, but he could pay huge dividends in DFS play if he makes the cut.
Rai has another crack at World Super 6 Perth 02-07-2018
Aaron Rai
Aaron Rai returns to Australia this week to contest the second edition of the World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup CC.
The Englishman missed the 36-hole cut last year after shooting 72-71 so failed to make it through to Sunday's matchplay section where his usual hot putter could have been a dangerous weapon in contests played over just six holes. His only other visit to Australia resulted in T45 in the Aussie PGA Championship in 2016 so at least he's had a taste of golf Down Under. After a couple of top 10s towards the back end of last season, including T8 in October's Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, Rai has lost consistency and made just one of his last five cuts. However, that was a decent T19 in the Joburg Open and shooting 70-72 (2-under) at the Dubai Desert Classic on his last start was hardly a sign of someone struggling too much.
Jason Day looks to make noise at Pebble Beach 02-07-2018
Jason Day
Jason Day hits the road for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week looking for his second consecutive PGA Tour victory. Day outlasted Alex Noren at the Farmers Insurance Open in six playoff holes, as the tournament spilled over into Monday before crowning a champion. He ranks third on the PGA Tour with 319.9 yards per drive, and he is 11th in Scoring Average (69.745). Despite his power off the tee, he is accurate, which is a deadly combination. Day is 27th in Driving Accuracy Percentage (66.67), hitting 112 of 168 possible fairways. He was fifth last season at Pebble Beach, derailed by a third-round 75. He is 11th or better in each of his past three at Pebble since a missed cut in 2014.
Fraser seeking a spark on return to homeland 02-07-2018
Marcus Fraser
As a three-time European Tour winner, Marcus Fraser is one of the better-known Aussies contesting this week's World Super 6 Perth but his form is a concern ahead of the event which combines strokeplay for three days before a Sunday shootout under matchplay rules.
The Australian is 0-for-4 on the European Tour this season although you only have to go back to mid-October to find him tied fifth at the Italian Open so he remains a capable performer on his day. He didn't survive the 36-hole cut in the first edition of this tournament last year although did shoot a second-round 68 and previous starts at Lake Karrinyup CC show form of 15-15-18 in the Perth International held there. There are far more consistent options this week but Fraser does bring a high potential upside.
Willett looks to make progress at Perth event 02-07-2018
Danny Willett
Danny Willett has started the calendar year with a pair of missed cuts but feels there are some positive signs ahead of his first start at the World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup in Australia.
The 2016 Masters champion was hampered by back and shoulder issues last season and doesn't appear to have turned the corner yet after shooting 77-71 in the Dubai Desert Classic and 74-70 in last week's Maybank Championship, not making it to the weekend in either tournament. But Willett remains upbeat, especially on the health front. He told, "There are a lot of positives going forward. Now it's just a matter of time, of getting game ready, getting game sharp, and actually again looking more at the golf now instead of the body. So hopefully that's going to kind of go hand in hand really. The better I move, the better the golf's going to be and vice versa." One interesting piece of relevant form is that Willett was third in the 2013 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup CC so likes this venue. He remains a risky play for now but that could change soon.
Maverick McNealy looking to make noise 02-07-2018
Maverick McNealy
Maverick McNealy heads to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week on a sponsor's invite. The 22-year-old standout from Stanford University posted a solid 29th-place showing at the Farmers Insurance Open in his most recent event, snapping a two-tournament missed cut streak. The son of billionaire co-founder of Sun Microsystems, McNealy is trying to earn his PGA Tour card through seven sponsor's exemptions. He is certainly a player with a lot of upside, but he is a risky fantasy play since he has yet to show much in the way of consistency in his brief PGA career.
Rumford gets set for title defense in Perth 02-07-2018
Brett Rumford
Brett Rumford played the local angle to perfection in last year's inaugural World Super 6 Perth in Australia, using his vast knowledge of Lake Karrinyup CC to secure his sixth European Tour title.
The Perth native dominated the 54-hole strokeplay section, shooting 17-under to finish five shots in front of the field. And, helped by a bye to the second round of Sunday's matchplay section, emerged as the last man standing after beating Phachara Kongwhatmai in the final. He'd previously finished T7, T19 and T6 in his last three starts at the European Tour's Perth International held at Lake Karrinyup so is a proven and reliable performer in front of his expectant home fans. As for more recent form, Rumford was T12 in November's Australian Open and T37 at the Dubai Desert Classic after opening 68-70-66 so his game looks in decent shape ahead of this week's defense. He could well prove a smart pick again in this quirky format.