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From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:
- Projected champion: Phil Mickelson. Everything just seems to be coming together for Phil. Sure, I think Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are safer bets to win, but for some reason I like Lefty this week. He’s putting it great and finally figured out the driver last week. Four-time winner here could make it five.
- Also like: Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker and Pat Perez. Day is showcasing that World No. 1-like form again. Sneds is finally healthy and owns two wins here, including one in 2015 when players saw similar conditions to what is expected this week. Perez is enjoying a great season and is top 5 in both strokes gained: putting and greens in regulation.
- Sleeper: Chesson Hadley. He’s ranked inside the top 70, but I still feel like people aren’t giving him respect. He now has four top-5s this season and owns a pair of top-10s at Pebble.
- DraftKings bargain: Rafa Cabrera-Bello ($6,900). Severely under-priced for a guy ranked 21st in the world and who hits a ton of greens.
- Fade: Sean O’Hair. Has made 12 of 13 cuts at Pebble, so he could be a deep sleeper in the eyes of some. But he has just one top-10 (2009), his putting and ballstriking stats are down and his recent form in poor.
- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. He loves this place and he already has a dominant eight-shot victory in 2018. If it’s going to be a big year for DJ, Pebble is a prime spot for him to pick off another W.
- Also like: Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson. How can you not like a guy who’s in contention every week? Rahm went 1-2-1 prior to Torrey Pines and his last two starts have produced T-29 and T-11. But those way undersell his performances, as he was right there through 36 holes at Torrey and through 54 holes at TPC Scottsdale. His first appearance at Pebble also produced a top-five showing. Lefty is coming off a T-5 in Phoenix and is a monster at this place. Not liking a four-time winner of the event while he’s in form would be odd, no?
- Sleeper: Nick Watney. He boasts a strong record here (three top 10s) and it seems he’s rounding into form. After a slew of missed cuts, he made two straight at La Quinta and Torrey and then a third at TPC Scottsdale. His T-26 showing at Waste Management was his best finish since July.
- DraftKings bargain: Austin Cook ($7,000). Wow, not a lot of respect for Cook to be down at this price. He only won his first PGA Tour event three months ago with a flourish. Since then, his worst finish is T-31 and he was in contention again through 54 holes at La Quinta. His floor for the most part is a solid finish, and his ceiling is certainly a win. Sounds like a good get at this price.
- Fade: J.B. Holmes. He plays well around this place, but I think the slow-play controversy at Torrey is still lingering a little. He certainly didn’t dispel that with an MC at TPC Scottsdale.
- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. Two wins and a runner-up at Pebble Beach over the past nine years. Looked pretty good last month at the Sentry in case you’ve forgotten that dominant final-round 65.
- Also like: Jordan Spieth. Yes, the putting was troublesome in Phoenix. But Spieth has missed 14 cuts since June of 2013, last week not included. In the weeks after a missed cut he has 12 top-25 finishes and six top-10 finishes. We expect a similarly resilient showing at Pebble. Also like Jason Day, who hasn’t finished worse than T-11 in his last three starts here.
- Sleeper: Jerry Kelly, off most radars at No. 405 in the world but enjoying a nice stretch at age 51 with a T-14 at the Sony Open and a win in his only PGA Tour Champions start last month. Fair warning: Results at Pebble haven’t been great, but we’re thinking it’s worth a shot.
- DraftKings bargain: Austin Cook ($7,000) and Rafa Cabrera Bello ($6,900). That’s right, it’s a bargain bin doubleheader! Cook hasn’t missed a cut in eight starts this season, boasts six top-25 finishes and won in November. Prudent play. Cabrera Bello has five top-10s in nine combined starts on the PGA and European Tours this season. Two strong options on the cheap.
- Fade: Phil Mickelson. Yes he’s had success here and looked good in Phoenix. But $9,600 just seems like a lot considering how wild he can get with the driver.