Sluman rallies to win First Tee Open for 3rd time

Jeff Sluman hits from a sand trap on the second hole during the final round of the First Tee Open golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. on Sunday, July 10, 2011.

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jeff Sluman shot a 2-under 70 and overcame a pair of bogeys on the back nine Sunday, holding on to win the First Tee Open for the third time.

On a day when most of the leaders struggled just to break even, Sluman had five bogeys and closed with three straight pars to finish at 10-under 206 and seal his first victory since winning here in 2009. He also took the title at Pebble Beach in 2008, making Sluman the only three-time winner of this event.

Jay Haas entered the final round with a two-stroke lead, but struggled all afternoon and had a 75 to finish in a three-way tie for second. David Eger (72) and Brad Bryant (73) joined Haas at 208, while local favorite Bobby Clampett (74) ended in a five-way tie for fifth.

Defending champion Ted Schulz shot 75 and was tied for 27th at 215.

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