Last week's debacle featured Rickie Fowler running out of gas in a playoff against Hideki Matsuyama. Kudos to both players for finishing atop the leaderboard. Hideki's consistent play and safe approach is what won him the tournament with a par after Fowler put a shot in the water and could not match in the fourth playoff hole.
This week's featured field has tons of high powered players in probably the best full field so far this year. With Jordan Speith still running hot and being the obvious player in contention to win it at the 6,800+ yard course in Monterey, we'll take a look at some less obvious picks that should make the cut and put up low scores come Sunday:
Due to access constraints, I will be unable to post statistical data until shotlink information becomes available to me again. I will just be posting names and a short bio on why they should find success.
Brandt Snedeker - Winner of this event last year, his confidence is definitely up there and he's bringing his A game to the seaside course. With consistent strokes and good putting, he should find the top 10 once again and might even pull off another win to the season.
Jimmy Walker - Winner here in 2014 and consistently improving after his solid start at Farmers. Don't underestimate his long driving as well and watch him put up a couple of low rounds heading into the weekend on superb weather.
Scott Brown - Seeking redemption after missing out on his three day lead at Farmers. He will want to do anything to get back that spot on the leaderboard.
David Lingmerth - Great player on shorter courses and knows how to manage risk well. Look for him to contain his bogeys and really put up the low scores necessary to compete with the best in the field.
Roberto Castro - Just had a child and withdrew from WMPO as a result of that. Sometimes bringing a new life into this world means you just have to step up your game to provide for it.
Chesson Hadley - Finished solid here last year and looking to repeat after getting a little warmed up with the Phoenix Open. Can post a solid low round here and catapult himself to a top 50 finish with scoring conditions being absolutely perfect.
Will Wilcox - Solid performance last year in this event coupled with his great start to the 2015-2016 season should set him off on the right tone with a top 25 finish at Pebble.
Danny Lee - When this man finds his groove, he's usually good for a top 10 finish for a couple of tournaments. The conditions here along with the course layout mimic the Greenbrier pretty well, where he won. He is a bit of a random variable but if he can post a low round 2 or 3 he can definitely finish in the top 5 here.
Shane Lowry - Dude had a great week last week and looks to continue his solid putting and gameplay. Can easily place top 10 in this tournament given his new found success.
My Super Sleeper:
Joe Affrunti - When I did have access to shotlink, this guy was an absolute beast in every one of his starts, ranking in the top 5 in putting distances, especially from far away, and in approaching, almost in every stat category (125 out, 200+ out, its nuts)
Also in contention are the players that I've picked before in the past couple of weeks: J.B. Holmes, Andrew Loupe, Si Woo Kim. If one of these guys win I'm going to be kicking myself for not outright picking them but having had them in past weeks, I think its important to mention their names at the very least.