AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
We discuss Spencer Levin's hermit-like lifestyle, another thrilling Super Bowl and Tiger's 2012 PGA Tour debut
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Where: Pebble Beach, Calif.
Courses: Pebble Beach GL, Monterey Peninsula CC and Spyglass Hill GC
Defending champion: D.A. Points beat Hunter Mahan by two shots to pick up his first PGA Tour win.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Dustin Johnson
3. Nick Watney
4. Rory Sabbatini
5. D.A. Points
6. Bryce Molder
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we wonder who is feeling worse this week: Spencer Levin or Wes Welker? Maybe it's a good thing for the up-and-coming golfer that he doesn't have a cell phone or even an email address. He could disappear into his own little hole Sunday evening and watch the big game by himself. We just hope he isn't a Patriots fan as well. But onto this week. Will we see another final-round collapse? Can Levin find quick redemption like Kyle Stanley did? How long will David Feherty go without cutting his hair? Let's dive in.
The PGA Tour's West Coast Swing continues with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This tournament has it all from incredible scenery to A-list celebrities. Oh, and guys like Kenny G.
Random tournament fact: Tom Gillis finished solo third here. Last year. Yeah, I forgot about that too...
D.A. Points. Last year, Points and celeb teammate Bill Murray had quite the week, winning the pro-am portion of the event thanks in large part to Points finishing first in the field of tour pros. Points is off to a terrific start in 2012, but it's safe to say most of this week's coverage of him will focus on last year's triumph with Carl Spackler. It's a good thing that "Caddyshack" references never get old.
STUD OF THE WEEK
Tiger Woods. No, he hasn't won a PGA Tour event since 2009. And no, he's not the biggest fan of Pebble Beach's greens. So why do we like him? Well, he's finished in the top three in three-straight worldwide events. Oh yeah, once upon a time he did win a little tournament here by 15 shots...
Starters: Nick Watney, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Harris English
Bench: Rory Sabbatini, Bryce Molder, D.A. Points, Sang-Moon Bae
GUEST PICK OF THE WEEK
This week's pick comes from Jim Gleitman via Twitter (@JGleitman) in Austin, Texas: "Tiger hasn't stormed back on the scene just yet, but with a watered down field and Vegas setting him as a clear favorite by a significant margin, it seems silly to go with anyone else."
Well put, sir. Care to make a guest pick? Be bold and email me at Alex.Myers@GolfDigest.com or tweet at me (@AlexMyers3) for a chance to appear in next week's column. Or if you just feel like making fun of my picks or discussing how much money I made you with my fantastic Super Bowl prediction.
WHAT WILL PHIL DO NEXT?
Phil Mickelson. Who knows? He bounced back last week a bit after a poor season debut, but he's still a question mark from week to week. What's certain is he's a three-time winner with a total of seven top 10s in 16 tries here and he also finished T-4 at 2010 U.S. Open. Those numbers count for something.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN?
Spencer Levin. Last week's most-disappointed golfer has been hot -- and cold -- here. But of late, he finished T-4 last year and has posted just one round higher than 71 in 11 career rounds in this event as a pro. Could we possibly see back-to-back incredible bouncebacks? We're not ruling it out.
KNOCKOUT PICK OF THE WEEK
Bryce Molder. Since we want to save Tiger for a bigger event, we're going with Mr. Molder. After missing the cut in his first four attempts at this event, he's placed in the top 10 each of the past two years. And those results would have been much better if not for averaging a 75 in those final rounds.
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