Here are nine tidbits from the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Pebble Beach will host the final round on Sunday.
If Mark O’Meara and his five titles crowned him “The Prince of Pebble Beach”, Phil Mickelson is easily in the next in line to the throne. Victory No. 5 at the AT&T accounts for No. 44 all-time and his 14th in California.
Beginning the day three behind Paul Casey, Mickelson circled six birdies in 16 holes to lead by three when darkness fell. He stuck his approach on No. 17 to eight feet and birdied the last for good measure to win on 19-under.
For the week, he led the field at Pebble Beach in Strokes-Gained: Approach the Green, birdies, par-breakers, T-low round at Pebble Beach (65) and T-1 Par-5 birdies-or-better. Mickelson was also second in Strokes-Gained: Tee to Green and putts per GIR.
These were the top-10 selected golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf game. If you’re wondering why you’re not doing well, here’s why:
Johnson stings on multiple levels as he can be used WAY MORE than the three times during this segment. I wasn’t expecting THIS WEEK to be that week, especially with the funky conditions. We move on.
Maybe Paul Casey should have returned to Pebble Beach before last year as it’s an event that seems to suit his profile. Although he couldn’t close out Mickelson with a three-shot lead in the final round, he improved on his T8 from last year with solo second. Gamers who don’t pay attention to the world’s game will see MC at Sony as his “last” start. Actually, the next week in Singapore he finished T2.
Scott Stallings set the tone in Round 1 at Spyglass Hill as he opened with a bogey-free 67 and never looked back. This shouldn’t surprise the course historians in fantasy land as he painted T14 or better for the third year running (seventh, T14). His best finish in the new season entering the week was T39 at Sanderson Farms so he fit the course-horse mold to a T. His last two top-10 paydays on TOUR seventh here last year followed by T4 at Riviera. #UrWelcome.
Jason Day continues his play for an automatic annual selection here after another top-10 reckoning. This is the fourth time in the last five years that he’s taken home top-five prize money (T4). Big shout out to Si Woo Kim for a bogey on the last to throw T4 money my way in OAD instead of solo fifth. Every shot and every dollar matters, folks!
Si, Yes, Si, No?
Si Woo Kim’s best finish of 2017-18 was P2 at Harbour Town and his best finish since throwing away a late lead and losing in a playoff is T4 this week at Pebble Beach. #SmallGreens. His record on TOUR is so wonderfully inconsistent I can’t possibly be surprised. Throw in he’s MC, T35 and MC in three previous attempts with ZERO rounds in the 60’s at this event and there you have it. Sigh.
The co-low amateur from the 2010 U.S. Open (T16) ran it out to 14-under and was just two shots back before he came home in 38 for solo sixth. This is his first top-10 result since solo third at the 2014 Valspar Championship. It’s also his fourth T29 or better in four of his last six so I’m paying more attention.
Streelman adds T7 to his recent run of T17, T14 and solo sixth last year confirming his affinity for 17-mile Drive. He was two holes from posting 64 at Pebble on Sunday before a bogey at No. 17 caused him to settle for 65. If you’re going to only have one round in the 60’s for the week, it helps gamers to have it on Sunday to sneak in the backdoor!
I suggested before the week that grizzled, experienced guys should flourish. With the exception of Si Woo Kim, the top 10 has followed suit. Brian Gay, 45, knows how to handle the wind, rain and expectations of the three courses and backed up his T8 in 2018 with T7 this year. He only needed 103 putts for the week, good enough for No. 2. … Lucas Glover was T11 in 2016 during his last visit and cashed even higher (T7) this time around. His final round included 16 pars as well. In seven tournaments this season he’s cashed T17 or better in six of them. #Clues. … Oh look, another solid week from Michael Thompson (T10) and Chris Stroud (T10). … Trey Mullinax (T23) inside the top 25 again. … The Valspar connection to this event is strong. … Jordan Spieth was 11-under through 48 holes.