5 things you need to know from Pebble
Sunday, February 13, 2011
D.A. Points used some final-nine dramatics to earn his first PGA Tour victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Here are 5 things you need to know:
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
D.A. Points held on for a two-shot lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
1. D.A. Points' victory on one of America's iconic courses earns him a tee time at another classic. By virtue of winning at Pebble Beach, Points earned his first trip to Augusta National. It's easy to select the shot of the tournament: Points' third shot to the par-5 14th bounced through the rough fronting the green and rolled in the hole for eagle on the day's second-most difficult hole. He followed with a birdie on the next hole. Points' 67 was the second-best round of the day.
2. Points actually picked up two trophies Sunday. He and and amateur partner Bill Murray also won the pro-am title. It was the first time Murray won the pro-am. Murray said he wasn't sure if he'd return to defend his title in 2012. He joked that he was debating turning pro.
Points and Murray joked on the course, even as Points held the lead coming to the final holes.
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3. Steve Marino's struggles with the lead continued at Pebble Beach. Marino had a four-shot lead halfway through the AT&T, but finished fourth after shooting 71-74 on the weekend. It was still a better showing than the two other times he held the 36-hole lead. He finished T-37 and T-38 in those events, including the 2009 British Open.
4. Hunter Mahan shot 66 Sunday, the best round of the day, to get into second place. He had a 41-foot eagle putt on 18 that would've tied him for the lead, but three-putted for par. It was Mahan's second top-6 finish in his past three starts. He hasn't finished worse than 29th in four events this year.
5. Five of the top 12 on the leaderboard were born in California – Hunter Mahan, Spencer Levin, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and Zack Miller.
•Levin, who won the 2004 California Amateur at Pebble Beach, seems to be getting comfortable on the PGA Tour. He finished 2010 with a T-4 and T-3, and has made four of five cuts this season.
•Miller, from the San Francisco Bay Area, is a PGA Tour rookie who's quietly putting together a solid first campaign. The Stanford grad has finished in the top 30 in three consecutive starts.
•Watney's final-round 67 continued his strong Sunday play. In three Sundays, he's a combined 18 under par with a 66.0 scoring average. Watney has finished 6th, 5th and 6th in three starts this year.
•Mickelson said after the round that he'll play the WGC–Accenture Match Play after saying he may skip the event. This was Mickelson's second top 10 in three PGA Tour starts this season.