This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
This week is the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, that annual time where celebrities and the pros come together for four days. Here's our stats preview, which heavily features the weather.
But First a Word About Webb Simpson
Simpson lost to Hideki Matsuyama in a four-hole playoff in Scottsdale last week yet still had a victory of sorts – he was back in contention. Ever since the anchoring ban went into effect Simpson had been a different player, with the former U.S. Open champion (remember that?) ranking 177th in strokes gained-putting last year and 189th early this season. But at the Phoenix Open he was a whopping 13th. Yes, I wrote that right, 13th!, gaining 4.361 strokes on the field for the week. Being sixth in tee-to-green helps your overall cause in terms of being in contention but still, if Simpson's turned a corner on the greens they we may see a resurgence of one of the most talented tee-to-green players we've seen in the last 10 years.
To put it nicely, the weather on the Monterey Peninsula is just awful. We haven't had a year like this in a while, but it's back, and it's back with a vengeance. Tuesday was pouring rain and a four-club wind. Wednesday is cloudy and a bit warmer in the 60s, Thursday is rain and wind in the low 60s, Friday is showers in the high 50s and FINALLY sun and a tiny bit of wind over the weekend as temperatures moderate