I’m standing in for Skeeter this week as he puts himself through the slime fest that is the ICE gaming industry show in London.
Skeeter had no luck last week with Martin Laird dropping from a clear 2nd to out of the places with some decidedly iffy putting on Sunday as Matsuyama won yet again. How far does he win the Masters by?
On to this week and we have the AT&T Pebble Beach which is played over three courses, Pebble Beach of course plus Monterey Peninsula and the toughest of the three, Spyglass Hill.
All players play each of the courses before a 54 hole cut.
Phil loves Pebble Beach. He’s won there three times in the last twelve years and was 2nd in this event last year when he should really have won. His game looks in good nick to me, he’s getting plenty of birdies and if he can just stem the flow of bogies he can go very close this week.
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Pat Perez is in the middle of a resurgent period after many months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. He’s spoken openly about how he pondered his career from the sidelines and it would appear that he’s come back – on a limited 15 tournament card – with a vey positive outlook.
He followed a 7th at the Shriners with a win in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November and has held his form well with a 3rd placed finish at the Tournament of Champions and a tied 4th two weeks ago in the Farmers Insurance where there is a nice link to Pebble Beach with their coastal locations and poa annua greens.
He withdrew last week which is a slight worry but it appears to have been merely precautionary.
He loves this event with two top 5’s in his last four attempts. I’m keen on his chances.
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Baby – faced Aussie Cameron Smith showed his liking for this event last year with an 11th placed finish. He started the year well with a playoff defeat to Jordan Spieth in the Australian Open and has held his form pretty well since then, making 7 of 8 cuts. His 4th plan at the US Open in 2015 illustrates his potential.
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