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Monday, February 9, 2015

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Power Ranking and One-and-Done

With the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am peeking its head around the corner, let's take a dive into this week's power ranking and one-and-done. With any luck, this week's power ranking will be as successful as last week's, which had Jason Day sitting in the first spot.

Here we go

  1. Jimmy Walker - He can't successfully defend two titles in one season can he? That's the kind of rarefied air reserved for Tiger Woods at places like Torrey Pines, Bay Hill, Muirfield Village and Firestone CC. Walker is a top-10 machine right now, and did nothing to dampen our expectations at Torrey Pines last week. 
  2. Jason Day - Last week's winner is oozing "elite" and should be a factor this week as well. He's made each of his five cuts, with three top 15s and two sixth-place finishes. 
  3. Dustin Johnson - Pebble has been his playground. In addition to his two wins and one runner-up in this event, he also nearly won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble. It's worth mentioning that he won the FedEx St. Jude Classic several year ago in his second start after another mysterious absence from golf. 
  4. Patrick Reed - Has a pair of top-15 finishes in this event, and we all know that he can get  hot with little or no warning. The question isn't "why?" but "why not?"
  5. Brandt Snedeker - The past champ here and poa annua grass expert is primed for a nice week after a T19 at Torrey Pines last week. While he isn't as solid as he was in 2013, he's getting back on track and should contend sooner rather than later.
  6. Ryan Palmer - Forget that his best finish in this event is a T23 in nine tries, his current form is undeniable. A T17-T10-T2 trend before taking a week off is strong by any standard.
  7. Hunter Mahan - Became a father for the second time last week, so it is worth monitoring to make sure he isn't a late scratch. Finished no worse than T16 here in his last four tries including a runner-up effort.
  8. Jordan Spieth - Will likely be looked over this week due to some other course horses because of his missed cut last week, but there is no reason to think that is anything other than a blip on an otherwise clear radar. Has a T22 and a T4 in this event.
  9. Jim Furyk - Popped up for air for the first time in 2015, and owns a solid record in this event. Not spectacular enough for most formats, but a steady hand at the wheel.
  10. Shane Lowry - Top 10 at Torrey Pines last week bodes well for the young Irishman trying to earn his way to elite status. Graeme McDowell's U.S. Open win in 2010 adds to the confidence that Lowry will adjust to the elements well. 
  11. Ian Poulter
  12. J.B. Holmes
  13. Chris Kirk
  14. Spencer Levin
  15. Nick Watney
  16. Kevin Na
  17. Daniel Berger
  18. Jason Kokrak
  19. Pat Perez
  20. Rory Sabbatini

It's pretty simple. Time to burn Jimmy Walker. Brandt Snedeker was the last cut.

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