Ah yes, the wonderful Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. A splendid tournament that showcases such names as Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, and Kevin James. The course will be playing at a Par 72 and 6816 yards this weekend. Last year we saw Steve Lowery outlast Vijay Singh in a playoff to take home first place. For the victory, Lowery was awarded $1,080,000. That’s a lotta hooch. The next captian of the United States Rider Cup Team, Cory Pavin finished T3/-9, including an impressive -6 in the final round last year. The total purse this year is $6.1 million and the winner takes home the same amount as last year. Jim Furky and Vijay Singh are both making their season debuts and they will be accompanied by Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes, K.J. Choi, and Padraig Harrington.
This week I will roll the dice on the lefty, Phil MickelsonMike Weir. He has had 6 top 10’s at Pebble, so he knows how to metriculate his way around the course. Normally picking a Canadian is against anything that I stand for, but he has played some ok golf thus far knotching a T3 finish at the Bob Hope. Put those together and you have to consider Weir to be a smart pick. Some people are talking about Davis Love III because he is trying to play his way into the WGC Match Play Championship, but I’m not so sure that I like that pick. I don’t think he’ll be able to ride the thunder from the T2 finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championship and he’s not getting any younger. At the age of 44, he can’t go out and just out play guys the way he once could in his younger days.
I’m taking Phil Mickelson because I feel bad for the dude. While he has choked big time at Pebble, he’s also won here, and is the most talented, HEALTHY player in the field (Vijay is better but he’s coming off knee surgery). There’s no way in hell Phil is as bad as he’s been so far this year, and while a win seems like a stretch, remember that he has a history of missing cuts and following it up with a win the next week. He’s the horse for the course and he’s gonna get it done.
I’m taking Davis Love III this week. He’s been playing outstanding golf since the end of the 2008 season when he earned his 20th career PGA win giving him a lifetime exemption. He can still hit the ball a mile and just has an overall wonderful game.
Get Off The Schneid says:
This seems like a no-brainer given the circumstances. I am going with Harrington in consecutive weeks. Kenny Perry was going to be my pick for the rest of the year until I saw the weather report for this weekend. I think Paddy actually prefers the shitty weather…he grew up playing in it so he’s gotta have a little edge, right? If there is anyone in the field that plays better than he does in the rain, wind, and cold (50 degrees, rain and wind is cold for California and golf in general) please let me know…unfortunately the Bishop from Caddyshack pulled out at the last minute. If you need further convincing about the weather, click here and check out the full report for this weekend.