Experts' picks: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Experts' picks: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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Experts' picks: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Pebble Beach, where the distractions – celebrity partners and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean – can overshadow some incredible golf.

This week’s field has plenty of big names – Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan to name a few – and that left our panel of experts going in a few different directions when moving toward a favorite.

Take a look at this week’s picks:

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Jeff Rude, senior writer

Favorite: Dustin Johnson

Keep an eye on: Jason Day

Don’t forget about: Hunter Mahan

Sleeper: Kevin Stadler

Comments: Johnson is a two-time winner at Pebble (2009-10) and has three other top-8 finishes at Pebble, including the 2010 U.S. Open. Making first start since T-6 at Hyundai Tournament of Champions. … Mahan coming off T-4 at Phoenix and has top-16 finishes his last three times at Pebble, including second three years ago. … Day tied for second at Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago and has finished sixth twice at Pebble. … Stadler coming off victory at Phoenix and tied for third at Pebble last year.

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Jim McCabe, senior writer

Favorite: Hunter Mahan

Keep an eye on: Patrick Reed

Don’t forget about: Nick Watney

Sleeper: Padraig Harrington

Comments: Mahan riding the wave of a T-4 last week and has been inside the top 15 each of last three years in this tournament. Watney is comfortable in his home area, Reed was in contention here a year ago and seemingly is every week he tees it up this season, and Harrington is a gut feeling.

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Adam Schupak, senior writer

Winner: Chris Kirk

Keep an eye on: Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson

Don’t forget about: Charlie Wi, John Peterson

Sleeper: Chesson Hadley, Russell Knox

Comments: Kirk finished second here a year ago and is having a breakout year, with a first and second already. G-Mac, who won a U.S. Open at Pebble, is teaming with his dad in the pro-am. How cool would it be to contend alongside your pops? Wi has a nice track record in the event (second in 2012, T-16 in ’13). Hadley is a rookie with a lot of game, and he finished second at the Callaway Invitational in November at … wait for it … Pebble Beach and Spyglass, two of the three courses in the AT&T rota.

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Lance Ringler, senior writer

Favorite: Dustin Johnson

Don’t forget about: Phil Mickelson

Keep an eye on: Pat Perez

Sleeper: Ben Martin

Comments: Johnson has a habit of finishing on the first page of the leaderboard when he plays at Pebble Beach. Johnson is a two-time winner of this event, and there’s no reason to think he won’t contend this week. Mickelson also is known to win when his form might suggest otherwise – plus, he has won four times at Pebble. Perez has posted three top-11s in four starts since the beginning of the year and made nine of 11 cuts in this event.

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Nick Masuda, digital director

Winner: Hunter Mahan

Keep an eye on: Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell

Don’t forget about: Bo Van Pelt

Sleeper: Max Homa

Comments: Mahan came on strong in Phoenix last week, and I think he is highly motivated to make the Ryder Cup squad. A win will likely secure a spot for him. . . . Mickelson was almost my favorite, but the questions about his back scared me off a bit. But the guy loves Pebble Beach. . . . McDowell is an obvious choice after his 2010 U.S. Open win there. . . . Van Pelt is a random choice, I know, but the guy is simply too good to be struggling the way he has. Every player is just looking for momentum, and this will be his week. . . . Homa played collegiately at Cal, so he’s seen Pebble a few times. He has lots of game, shown by his top-10 finish at the Frys.com in October.

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The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am field, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 6. Jason Day
  • 14. Phil Mickelson
  • 15. Jim Furyk
  • 17. Hunter Mahan
  • 21. Jordan Spieth
  • 22. Charley Hoffman
  • 23. Chris Kirk
  • 26. Brendon Todd
  • 28. K.J. Choi
  • 30. Dustin Johnson
  • 34. Jimmy Walker
  • 37. Matt Jones
  • 43. Ryan Palmer
  • 47. Freddie Jacobson
  • 48. Victor Dubuisson
  • 52. Russell Knox
  • 55. Brandt Snedeker
  • 58. Pat Perez
  • 59. Nick Watney
  • 60. Graeme McDowell
  • 62. Kevin Stadler
  • 66. Jerry Kelly
  • 67. Stuart Appleby
  • 68. Ben Martin
  • 69. John Peterson
  • 71. Michael Putnam
  • 73. George McNeill
  • 74. Bryce Molder
  • 76. Brian Davis
  • 85. Kevin Chappell
  • 86. Jason Kokrak
  • 89. Will MacKenzie
  • 90. Matt Every
  • 91. James Driscoll
  • 92. Josh Teater
  • 94. Roberto Castro
  • 95. Daniel Summerhays
  • 96. Bo Van Pelt
  • 102. Spencer Levin
  • 106. John Senden
  • 108. Cameron Tringale
  • 109. Justin Hicks
  • 110. Will Wilcox
  • 114. Patrick Reed
  • 117. Kevin Na
  • 119. Brendan Steele
  • 122. Robert Garrigus
  • 128. RichardH. Lee
  • 132. Jason Bohn
  • 137. Rafael Cabrera Bello
  • 138. Peter Malnati
  • 140. Tim Wilkinson
  • 142. Russell Henley
  • 144. John Huh
  • 145. Scott Brown
  • 146. Rory Sabbatini
  • 147. Martin Flores
  • 148. Retief Goosen
  • 149. J.J. Henry
  • 150. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
  • 154. Ken Duke
  • 157. D.A. Points
  • 159. William McGirt
  • 161. Brian Gay
  • 166. Jim Herman
  • 167. Greg Chalmers
  • 172. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 177. Andres Romero
  • 179. Brian Harman
  • 184. Brad Fritsch
  • 187. Nicholas Thompson
  • 191. Davis Love III
  • 192. Chad Collins
  • 193. Charlie Wi
  • 197. Vijay Singh
  • 205. Mark Wilson
  • 208. D.H. Lee
  • 209. Chesson Hadley
  • 211. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 217. Edward Loar
  • 221. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 224. Ted Potter Jr.
  • 226. Padraig Harrington
  • 232. Wes Roach
  • 233. Matt Bettencourt
  • 236. Chad Campbell
  • 238. Brice Garnett
  • 240. Greg Owen
  • 245. Kyle Stanley
  • 249. Michael Thompson
  • 256. Danny Lee
  • 257. Robert Streb
  • 258. Kevin Tway
  • 260. Joe Durant
  • 266. Paul McGinley
  • 276. Sean O’Hair
  • 278. Trevor Immelman
  • 286. Heath Slocum
  • 287. Scott Langley
  • 288. Steven Bowditch
  • 294. Ben Kohles
  • 295. Hudson Swafford
  • 305. Tyrone Van Aswegen
  • 311. James Hahn
  • 312. Aaron Baddeley
  • 313. Rod Pampling
  • 314. Charlie Beljan
  • 315. Ricky Barnes
  • 320. Tag Ridings
  • 324. Alex Prugh
  • 327. Jeff Maggert
  • 328. Jamie Lovemark
  • 332. Kevin Kisner
  • 346. Fabian Gomez
  • 353. Alex Cejka
  • 356. Bud Cauley
  • 357. Troy Merritt
  • 358. Mark Anderson
  • 360. Will Claxton
  • 361. Andrew Svoboda
  • 364. Daniel Chopra
  • 373. Troy Matteson
  • 374. Miguel Angel Carballo
  • 385. Tommy Gainey
  • 404. Doug LaBelle II
  • 407. Lucas Glover
  • 410. Alex Aragon
  • 419. Mike Weir
  • 421. Dicky Pride
  • 438. Jim Renner
  • 446. Lee Williams
  • 462. Bronson La’Cassie
  • 484. Woody Austin
  • 502. Joe Ogilvie
  • 528. Scott Gardiner
  • 533. Andrew Loupe
  • 560. Bobby Gates
  • 567. John Daly
  • 638. Justin Bolli
  • 652. Lee Janzen
  • 712. Kevin Foley
  • 785. Scott McCarron
  • 831. David Duval
  • N/R. Blake Adams
  • N/R. Kris Blanks
  • N/R. Chris Williams
  • N/R. Dudley Hart
  • N/R. J.B. Holmes
  • N/R. Justin Thomas
  • N/R. Briny Baird
  • N/R. David Carr
  • N/R. Steven Fox
  • N/R. Paul Goydos
  • N/R. Max Homa
  • N/R. John Mallinger
  • N/R. Rod Perry

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