The PGA Tour heads up the California coast for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the 13th event of the wraparound season. A full field of 156 players will tackle three different courses this week, including the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.
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Jimmy Walker won this event a year ago by one shot over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner. Here are 10 players to watch on the Monterey Peninsula:
1. Jimmy Walker: The defending champ won by nine shots last month in Hawaii and hasn't finished worse than T-9 at Pebble Beach over the last four years. Walker is 44 under across that span, highlighted by last year's one-shot win, and he brings plenty of confidence with him this week to the Monterey Peninsula.
2. Jason Day: The Aussie is up to No. 4 in the world after his playoff victory at Torrey Pines, and he has turned five Pebble appearances into three top-15 finishes, including a sixth-place showing in 2013. Outside a pair of mid-tournament withdrawals last season, Day hasn't finished outside the top 20 on the PGA Tour since the British Open in July.
3. Patrick Reed: Reed tied for seventh in his Pebble debut in 2013, then followed that up with a T-13 finish last year. A winner earlier this year in Maui, Reed's T-40 finish in Phoenix was his first result outside the top 30 since the BMW Championship in September.
4. Jordan Spieth: Spieth surprisingly missed the cut last week in San Diego, but this week's event should give him a boost in momentum. He tied for fourth at Pebble last year despite a third-round 78, and was T-22 in his 2013 debut. Spieth contended just two weeks ago in Phoenix and currently sits 11th on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green.
5. Dustin Johnson: Johnson missed the cut last week in his return from a six-month leave of absence, but no Tour stop has been more friendly to him than Pebble Beach. Johnson went back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 and nearly added a third trophy last year, not to mention the 2010 U.S. Open when he carried a lead into Sunday. Johnson was also T-5 here in 2012 and T-7 in 2008.
6. Jim Furyk: Furyk is making his first start since the Ryder Cup in September and has become a mainstay in the Pebble Beach field. While he hasn't cracked the top 10 since 2006, Furyk is coming off a season in which he made the cut in all 21 starts, amassing 11 top-10 finishes including four runner-ups.
7. Hunter Mahan: Mahan's wife gave birth to the couple's second child last week, and now he is back to work at an event where he was sixth last year and has finished 16th or better each of the last four years. Mahan is third on Tour in GIR percentage, 10th in ball-striking and coming off a T-30 finish two weeks ago in Phoenix.
8. Ryan Palmer: Palmer has yet to finish outside the top 25 in four starts this season, including a run of three straight top-20 results that was capped by his runner-up finish at TPC Scottsdale earlier this month. He was on the fringe of contention before a closing 76 last year, and he is currently third on Tour in total strokes gained.
9. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker won here in 2013 and is showing signs of life, with a T-10 in Phoenix followed by a T-19 in San Diego. While he has missed the cut in three of his last five Pebble appearances, Sneds knows what it takes to win here and at No. 63 in the OWGR has some work to do if he's going to crack the top 50 and qualify for the Masters.
10. Kevin Na: Na enters off a solid T-26 finish in Phoenix, and he has cracked the top 25 each of the least three years at Pebble Beach, including a T-5 finish in 2012 and a T-4 result last year. He got his season off to a strong start with a runner-up finish at the CIMB Classic in October, and he hasn't missed a cut since the Deutsche Bank Championship the month prior.