Kyle Stanley was victorious last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, thus redeeming himself in a way that very few golfers have in the past. This week the PGA TOUR returns to historic and beautiful Pebble Beach for the AT&T National Pro-Am. D.A. Points won last season (along with playing partner Bill Murray) and looks to replicate his performance starting Thursday. Tiger Woods also makes his 2012 PGA TOUR debut fresh off his strong finish in Abu Dhabi. Click the jump to see my fantasy golf picks for the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. A List
Starter: Phil Mickelson; Bench: Spencer Levin
Lefty has to get his game together sooner or later, and last week he started to show that he might be headed in the right direction. Mickelson has had a slower-than-expected start to his 2012 season, however he has always played well at Pebble Beach and looks to do the same again this week. Spencer Levin had a strong week in Phoenix and almost won the tournament before ultimately blowing up on the back-nine on Sunday. Will he be able to redeem himself this week like Phoenix-winner Kyle Stanley did last?
Starters: Tiger Woods, D.A. Points; Bench: Hunter Mahan, Bryce Molder
Yep, that's correct: Tiger is now officially listed as a "B-Player". Even so, Woods seems to have his game back on track having finished high on the leaderboard for his last four tournaments, including a win at the Chevron World Challenge late in 2011. His performance in Abu Dhabi a couple weeks ago was very promising for Tiger, and we all know how well he plays at Pebble. Points is getting the start this week over red-hot Hunter Mahan only because he is the defending champion, although I forsee a possible roster change in my future by the weekend. Molder is having a solid fantasy golf season thusfar, so he is also a strong option off my bench.
Starter: Jeff Maggert; Bench: John Huh
Both Maggert and Huh are having strong seasons so far, both of whom recording one top-10 finish in three starts in 2012. Either man could get the start this week, but I am going with Maggert's experience at Pebble to at least get me through the first round. I still anticipate a strong year for Huh, however, as he has shown a great deal of talent and poise when it matters late on Sunday.