He might not be our pick to win, but he should compete for a top here. He also made a scouting trip in February to Pebble to familiarize himself, which will surely help. When you talk about control of your golf ball, Francesco Molinari has to be in this conversation. The Italian has proved himself to be one of the elite players in the world the past two years. We'd be surprised not to see his name near the top of the leader board entering the weekend.
Same goes with Adam Scott , who finished second to Cantlay at Muirfield Village and has been consistent in the big events over the past year. The putter is no longer a huge weakness, either, as Scott ranks 17th in the past 50 rounds in putting on Poa annua. Tony Finau and Jon Rahm have the firepower and elite iron play to excel at Pebble, but how will their short games hold up?
We're not sure they're quite strong enough to contend here. Jason Day , on the other hand, has one of the best short games in the world, so the bigger question is how will his long game hold up? Somewhat shockingly, J-Day has been eerily quiet this season.
So he might be putting too much pressure on his short game at Pebble. If Hideki Matsuyama 's ball-striking is on, he figures to factor at Pebble. Same with Rickie Fowler , whose bugaboo has been a couple blow-up holes in these big events. But he has a balance of ball-striking and short game that would figure to do well at Pebble. Justin Thomas had a solid week in Canada last week, but he did not show us that his game is entirely where we'd expect it to be during major season, and he's still working his way back from a wrist injury.
We'll wait to pick him until we see him contending at a bigger event later in the year. TIER 3: The "not considered a 'favorite,' but at least one of these players is likely to contend" tier. When looking at this tier, the first names that jump to mind are the players looking for that major breakthrough. All have come close in majors, save for Bryson, who opened with a 66 at the Masters in April but eventually tied for 29th. Will it ever happen? Kuchar and Casey are already in their 40s, though many players conjure up their best golf during that time.
Lefty is still in search of the career Grand Slam, and this could be his last real chance. It would be perhaps too fitting, though, if he pulls it off at Pebble. TIER 4: The "a ton of potential.
We bet one of these players will hold a share of the lead at some points, and attempt to hold onto it on the weekend" tier. This is a sneaky, sneaky tier with a ton of great potential. These golfers need to play near perfect golf to fend off some other, more talented foes—but it is definitely possible.
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We'll start by highlighting Bubba Watson 's name. That seems inordinately high for a two-time Masters champion. Sure, he can be erratic off the tee, so Pebble isn't the ideal fit for him. But you might say the same about Riviera Country Club, where Bubba is a multiple-time winner.siocemona.tk
Don't discount him. Kiz is a bulldog who has contended in a couple majors the past few years. Ian Poulter might also factor at Pebble. Stats-wise, nothing is really popping for the Englishman over the past couple of months. But he has five top finishes in the past four years. So we like him for, say, a 22nd place this week. With a stellar short game to go with it, Wallace also contended a bit at Bethpage. So a leader board appearance wouldn't be a shocker for Wallace. Jim Furyk ranks first on tour this season in proximity to the hole and driving accuracy, and he nearly won the Players, so he might contend at Pebble, though his lack of length might rule him out of the winner's circle.
Branden Grace and Gary Woodland might hit the ball too low to hold these small greens. Kevin Na , meanwhile, might be the ultimate sleeper, having just won at Colonial Country Club, a layout where you need total control of your golf ball. Na is also a California native, but he doesn't have the best Pebble record: two top-five finishes but four missed cuts in 11 appearances. Still, we like how his game looked a couple weeks ago en route to a win, and that should translate to Pebble.
TIER 5: The "these pros are good enough to contend, but they'll need to play perfect golf in order to contend" tier. Who can actually win a U. Open out of this group? Probably only four or five of these guys, which is enough to really like someone to come out of this tier at those odds. Past U.
Same goes for the latest additions to this field, Joel Dahmen and Andrew Putnam. Stacy won the U.
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Women's Open three times, and added a fourth major among her 18 total wins. Caponi's career had a bit of an odd trajectory. But the end result was 24 wins and four majors. She won majors in and , then cooled off, then 10 years later won more majors. Like Hollis Stacy, Meg Mallon has 18 wins and four majors. But Mallon posted those titles in a career that spanned a slightly later time period on the LPGA Tour and slightly later means slightly more depth on Tour , was better longer, and was better at her best compared to Stacy.
Mallon's first LPGA win was in , her last in She won two majors, but Pepper's career victory total of 17 is the lowest of any golfer in our Top So her career value is below anyone ranked ahead of her, and several of those ranked behind her. But her peak value was very high.
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From , Pepper finished no lower than fifth on the money list and won 12 times. In , she led in money and scoring and was Player of the Year.
Pepper is another player whose career was first impacted, then ended early, by injuries. That's a good career. A time winner, Ochoa had a breakout year in that followed on the heels of several seasons of consistent Top 10 play. In , she won six times, ended Annika Sorenstam's 5-year run atop the money list, and won the Vare Trophy with the fourth-lowest scoring average in Tour history.
And she earned Player of the Year honors. She won her first major at the Women's British Open.
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When she announced her retirement in , Ochoa had won three money titles, four scoring titles and four Player of the Year awards. Her career was brief, but it was brilliant. Wethered was the greatest female golfer of the pre-World War II era. Many rank Glenna Collett Vare ahead of her, but Wethered was the better player based on results and what her contemporaries said about her. The results: Vare and Wethered met in competition three times, and Wethered won all three times.
The testimonials: Among others, Bobby Jones said he felt "outclassed" by Wethered's ballstriking. Her career was short, but dominating. She also ranks as one of the all-time best with a driver. Rankin is the greatest player in golf history — male or female — without a major championship victory. She won one fewer times than Jane Blalock, also without a major, but she accomplished more overall and had a higher peak value than Blalock. Blalock never won a money title; Rankin won two. Blalock never won a scoring title; Rankin won three. Blalock never was Player of the Year; Rankin was, twice.
Rankin, whose wins happened from through , once finished in the Top 10 25 times in a single season. And she did it all while fighting terrible, chronic back pain during her best years that eventually forced her out of golf. With a better back and more time, Rankin might have wound up in the Top 10 on this list. But it's what she did — not what she might have done — that lands her at No. Mann won 38 times in her LPGA career, including 10 times in one year She's one of several golfers on this list leading all the way up to Nancy Lopez who won fewer majors than one would expect — just two.
But the LPGA Tour did have many years in Mann's career when there were only two majors, or three, per season, rather than today's five. Mann won the tour's scoring title in and its money title in She opened the door for the Korean influx to the LPGA Tour, and what a worthy pioneer Pak has turned out to be: 25 wins, five majors, a scoring title.
Nearly all of those wins happened in just six seasons following her 2-major-wins rookie season of Pak was later beset by nagging injuries, won only once after and retired in You can make a case that out of all her great contemporaries — Bradley, Sheehan, King, Inkster, Alcott — Daniel had the most pure talent.
What she didn't win was multiple majors. Those others players we mentioned each won at least five majors. Women's Open titles. Beginning in the mid-to-late s, the LPGA Tour took a major leap forward in depth and overall competitiveness. And Alcott was one of the players who ushered in that era. She started winning in and kept winning through the Nabisco Dinah Shore, the last of her 29 LPGA wins and five major championship wins.
Among her other major wins was the U. And Alcott has the distinction of being the golfer who initiated the Champion's Leap into the pond at the major now called the ANA Inspiration. Forty-two wins, four majors in a career that stretched from to Hard to argue with that. Haynie would be much better remembered today as one of the all-time greats had she not had the misfortune of having most of her best years overshadowed by the juggernaut known as Kathy Whitworth. Inkster is a difficult player to firmly place on this list. Inkster never won a money title, scoring title, or Player of the Year award.
But she does have seven majors — more than any of those other golfers. And Inkster has some great extra credit: three consecutive U. Women's Amateur championships. The big-hitting "Miss Sluggs" posted 58 wins and 11 major championships, plus wins at the U. Suggs was often overshadowed in her own time by Babe Zaharias, creating a rivalry that wasn't always friendly.
Like Inkster, Sheehan never won a money title. Unlike Inkster, Sheehan did win a scoring title. She also won 35 tournaments and six majors, and wracked up lots of Top 10s in a career whose consistency boosts her ahead of Inkster on this list. In , she faced Glenna Collett Vare in the finals of the U. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our site.
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