Many of the most impossibly beautiful, most iconic holes in all of golf will be on full display this week with the playing of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
As usual, a who's who of celebrities will be on hand for the event, but there's also an all-star line up of PGA Tour professionals teeing it up too, led by none other than world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.
Whether it's the gorgeous par-3 seventh hole, the cliffhanger par-4 eighth hole, or the risk-reward par-5 18th hole, players can't get swept up in the scenery. As always, birdies are a must.
Here are the five players to keep a close eye on this week:
5. Jason Day
Best finish in 2015-16 season: T10 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Reason to watch: In two starts this year, Day has a T10 and a missed cut. I'm not going to read much into the missed cut, however. That came at Torrey Pines, where Day was the defending champion, but very much under the weather and it was questionable as to whether or not he'd be able to tee it up at all. Like a pro, he did. But, it was far from his best stuff. His last three starts at Pebble have yielded two top-6 finishes. With Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler all playing so well right now, it's time for Day to turn it up a notch too.
4. Jordan Spieth
Best finish in 2015-16 season: Won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Reason to watch: On a world tour lately, this will be Spieth's third start of the season on the PGA Tour and the first since winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. If he's rested up -- and hopefully he is -- Spieth has made himself a factor whenever and wherever he plays. A T7 at Pebble a year ago was near the start of his amazing season. That finish at Pebble was one of seven top-10 finishes in nine starts that Spieth strung together. Fantastic stuff.
3. Brandt Snedeker
Best finish in 2015-16 season: Won the Farmers Insurance Open
Reason to watch: Snedeker is enjoying one heck of a start to his PGA Tour season -- a great sign for both him and U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III with the matches headed to Hazeltine in September. In seven starts, Snedeker has a win, a playoff loss and a third-place showing. All those came in three consecutive starts. What else do I like about Sneds this week? He's the defending champ at Pebble and has won two of the last three played there.
2. Jimmy Walker
Best finish in 2015-16 season: T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open
Reason to watch: Walker, the 2014 champion at Pebble Beach, comes into this week riding high after a season-best T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open in his last start two weeks ago. That win in 2014 came after three consecutive years with a top-10 finish at Pebble. In his title defense a year ago, Walker finished in a tie for 21st. The course fits his eye well and his length is a huge asset. If the putter is dialed in, he'll be a factor again.
1. Dustin Johnson
Best finish in 2015-16 season: T5 at the WGC-HSBC Champions
Reason to watch: Two of Johnson's nine PGA Tour victories have come at Pebble Beach (2009, 2010) and he seemed poised to also win the 2010 U.S. Open there until he blew up with an 82 in the final round to finish tied for eighth. Outside the two wins, Johnson also has four other top-10 finishes in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, including last year's T4 and a T2 in 2014. Given his track record, it's impossible for Johnson not to be the favorite this week.
SLEEPER: Pat Perez
Reason to watch: It's been a rough start to the 2015-16 season for Perez. In eight starts, he's made the cut just twice and neither of those finishes -- 63rd at the CIMB Classic and T81 at the Sony Open in Hawaii -- were particularly pretty. But he loves Pebble Beach. He tied for fourth there a year ago, tied for seventh in 2014 and was the runner up in 2002. Maybe this week gives him a spark he desperately needs to get this season going in the right direction.
Here's how my five to watch fared last week in the Waste Management Phoenix Open:
Sleeper: Missed cut
5. Ryan Moore -- T11
4. Ryan Palmer -- T24
3. Bubba Waston -- T14
2. Brooks Koepka -- T41
1. J.B. Holmes -- T6