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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: AT&T Pebble Beach

Twofer Tuesday leaves a disappointing week of picks behind and hopes for better luck at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach.

Defending champion Nick Taylor

Yeah, I know it's supposed to have "Pro-Am" as part of the title but let's be real here... it's NOT a pro-am this year. And as a result, the 156 pros teeing it up will play on only two courses, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill, and there will be a 36-hole cut.

In other words, pretty much a standard week on Tour.

Nick Taylor will be defending but I'm afraid he won't be making my Twofer Tuesday picks... although, given my record over the last couple of weeks, I could certainly do worse! But once again the field is loaded with big names, and I can't ignore them. My only problem is deciding which two names to take.

  • My first pick is Dustin Johnson. Granted, he'll have to deal with that big time change between Saudi Arabia and California, but I just don't think that will be a problem for him. And since he's coming off another win, why should I expect anything less than a Top10 this week?
  • Here's where it gets difficult. But I have to make a choice so I'm taking Patrick Cantlay over Paul Casey. Paul's coming off another good finish in Saudi Arabia and, while I think he can deal with the time change as well as DJ, Patrick is coming off a three-week rest and I just can't ignore that. But I think Paul will probably post a Top10 as well.

GC is giving us early live coverage starting at 3pm ET on Thursday. (That means we'll be watching the noon pairings in California.) So no live prime time golf this week... but we get Pebble Beach. I won't complain about that.

[UPDATE: With DJ's withdrawal (thanks for the tip, IC!) I can take Paul Casey after all. So now my picks are Cantlay and Casey.]

1 comment:

  1. The time change and the potential quarantine requirement, but more likely the post victory hangover, may have dictated DJ's decision to WD from the AT&T (could I have worked any more acronyms into that statement?). With the withdrawal of the world #1 there are now just 32 OWGR points available to the winner, slightly more than the Sanderson Farms and the RSM. At least without the proam we won't have the embarrassing spectacle of CBS trying to hobnob with the B+ and C list celebrities who usually show up to what was Bing Crosby's annual shindig.